MJP were appointed in November 2006 to develop plans for this new college building. This project provided Harrow College with modern facilities appropriate to the needs of students and staff, and united the two existing College campuses – at Harrow-on-the-Hill and Harrow Weald – together on a single site.
The new College was next to Harrow-on-the-Hill Station, and close to the bus station and town centre.
Harrow was the first of the major London FE Colleges to benefit from the governments new funding regime, regulated by the Learning and Skills Council.
The new building enabled Harrow College to achieve its vision for all learners. Classrooms were more spacious; temporary accommodation was not needed; spaces for staff and students would have been greatly improved; and essential specialist teaching areas were provided, e.g. for media and science. There was more scope to develop the College’s existing courses and to provide new ones.
The new College building provided 32,530sqm (GIA) of floor space for teaching and associated activities.
There are approximately 11,000 students and 250 staff (of whom about 3,500 would occupy the building at any one time).
Once the College had moved into its new accommodation, the existing College sites would have been redeveloped for housing.
Metropolitan Open Land
The new College site consisted partly of land that the College was buying and partly of Metropolitan Open Land (MOL) owned by the London Borough of Harrow (LBH). The College was exchanging an equal area of land with LBH so that there was no loss in the area of MOL. As part of the project the reconfigured MOL was to be relandscaped and enhanced by Harrow College to provide better facilities for the public, owned and maintained by LBH.
Town Centre Regeneration
The three elements of the project – the new College, reconfigured MOL and new housing – formed part of the regeneration of Harrow Town Centre.
The College gained planning permission and progressed up to Stage E.
- Harrow FE College
- Granted Planning Permission 2007
- Download PDF 3.59 MB