Willmott Dixon has been awarded the contract to build a new performing arts centre and supporting classrooms at Bournemouth & Poole College.
The £11m scheme will include a modern, 136-seat theatre, a digital media centre and new laboratories for health and medical sciences at the college’s North Road campus in Poole.
A landscaped courtyard will also be built between the new and existing buildings, increasing the size of the campus by 4,600 sq m.
It has been designed with sustainability in mind and aims to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Bournemouth & Poole College principal Lawrence Vincent said: “The North Road site has served us well over many years but the new building, due for completion in 2015, will add enormously to the college learning experience.”
The new building will replace temporary cabins that have been used as classrooms at the site since the 1970s, which will be demolished.
It is jointly funded by the Skills Funding Agency and the college, and has been granted planning approval by Poole Borough Council.
Work is due to begin in March for completion in 2015.
Engineering consultants Ramboll and Arup are also advising on the project.