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Exeter, 6 September 2013 – A former job centre on Queens Street has been acquired by Exeter College to accommodate its predicted increase in the number of students applying to the college.
Plans have been submitted by property consultants Jones Lang LaSalle to convert National House into a dedicated Maths, Science and Computing Centre by 2015/16.
The property, which has been redundant for almost ten years, has undergone an initial refurbishment programme that will allow the college to run a small number of courses this new academic year, with a full refurbishment taking place in approximately 18 months.
The prominent 2,000 sq metre building is located on one of the major gateways into the city and will complement the College's existing city centre sites.
Principal Richard Atkins said "I am delighted that the College has successfully negotiated the purchase of National House, which will become an important addition to the College's facilities.
"This acquisition was fully supported by the College's Board of Governors and forms part of our long term property strategy to sustain an outstanding student experience. During the summer break work has been carried out to enable us to accommodate a small number of courses this new academic year."
The College recorded another outstanding set of A level Maths and Science results this summer with half of the 132 students taking A-level Maths gaining impressive A and A* grades.
Charles Kislingbury, lead director at Jones Lang LaSalle’s Exeter office said: “National House will be a key addition to the college’s existing facilities and will form part of their continued and necessary expansion plans.
“Maths, Science and Computing are increasingly important subject areas and the newly refurbished building will help staff deliver innovative education to students that choose to study at Exeter College from across the south west, as well as modernising the area for local residents.”
The college has been awarded the prestigious national STEM Assured Award that validates the high quality of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics provision, as well as its partnerships with employers. This Award, plus the city’s profile as a city of science and the new co-sponsorship of the specialist Maths School with the University of Exeter, reflects the importance of Computing, Maths and Science to the local, national and international economy.
Nick Anderson, the new head of Maths and Science, who joined the College from Somerset’s Richard Huish College said, “This is a very exciting time to be joining Exeter College with these outstanding results and the plans for National House will go even further to create a dedicated hub for Computing, Maths and Science – a regional centre for excellence. "
National House is situated opposite the clock-tower on the corner of Queens Street and New North Road, with close links to the city centre and Exeter’s main shopping area.
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