St. Modwen is to build the new Warwickshire College in Rugby, Warwickshire.

The campus will sit on the 82 acre, former 700,000 sq ft Alstom Industrial complex which St. Modwen acquired in 2001 - of which 400,000 sq ft is currently leased to Converteam, a supplier of electric power and propulsion packages.

Funding for the 150,000 sq ft college will come from the Learning Skills Council.

On the remaining 70 acres St. Modwen has secured outline planning to develop a £120m ‘urban community’ – Rugby’s largest brownfield development.

Works to the college, which aims to develop technicians for the new generation of power stations, start next month, to be finished by September 2010.

Peter Rudd, development surveyor, St. Modwen said: ’Signing the development agreement with Warwickshire College represents an important step in progressing our the broader regeneration plans for Rugby. It also illustrates that good opportunities still exist in the current marketplace where there are well located sites with excellent development potential.

Warwickshire College is the second education facility that St. Modwen willbuild in 2009, the other being the £84m Bournville College at Longbridge where it is regenerating the 468 acre former MG Rover site.

The new ££35m college will provide:

• A ‘Power Academy’ for which funding of £6.3m has been secured from Advantage West Midlands.

• 120-seater multi-purpose hall

• 350 square metre library

• 1,000 sq m of engineering space

• 1,200 sq m of conferencing and business facilities

• 1,000 sq m performance, music and dance facilities

• A full size football pitch that can be broken down into three five-a-side pitches

• 300 sq m of hair and beauty space

• 1,050 sq m of construction training facilities

St. Modwen’s proposed £120m ‘urban community’ will comprise:

  • Circa 90,000 sq ft of B1 industrial space, built on five acres
  • 15 acres of public open space and landscaping
  • A new spine road, linking Mill Road and Leicester Road and providing direct access to the site
  • Over 600 homes