Capel Manor College wins multi-million pound bid for a new land based education and training centre at Crystal Palace

Capel Manor College has been successful in an £4.9million capital bid to create new state-of-the-art education facilities at Crystal Palace. The bid has been approved by London’s Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).

The LEAP, chaired by the Mayor, made available £114m of LEAP funding for investment into estate and equipment for London’s skills providers over the next four years. This aim of this fund is to:

  • respond to current and future skills requirements of employers and learners, improve quality of provision and learner satisfaction, progression and success rates
  • support increased levels of apprenticeship delivery and/or progression to the highest levels of vocational and technical study
  • establish strong and innovative partnership with employers and local stakeholders.

This fund forms part of the £434 million funding allocation to LEAP from Government to invest into the Capital’s regeneration projects and help create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.

The College can now realise its ambition to create an outstanding land based education and training facility for South East London, working closely with Bromley Council, the Crystal Palace Park Trust and the local community. The College will move from its current location in Crystal Palace Park to a brand new facility. Crystal Palace Park Farm, managed by the College, will benefit from a complete refurbishment, creating new classroom space and enclosures for the animals and other new classrooms and facilities will be created nearby.

Crystal Palace Park

Crystal Palace site

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “The Mayor and I are committed to helping Londoners gain the skills that they and the capital’s businesses need. This investment will help provide a first-class environment in which learners can make the most of their talent.”

Cllr Peter Morgan, the Executive Member for Renewal and Recreation said: “We at Bromley Council, are delighted with the success of Capel Manor College in their application to London Economic Action Partnership and we will look forward to working with them on the detail behind this application. The local authority is continuing with its programme for regenerating the Park and the potential expansion of Capel Manor College forms an important part of our ambitious plans for the Park.”

“The College is enormously grateful to Bromley, the LEAP and the Skills for Londoners Taskforce who have supported us in this exciting first step towards establishing a high quality specialist land based College in Crystal Palace” says Malcolm Goodwin, Principal of Capel Manor College. “Crystal Palace Park is steeped in history and horticulture and landscaping were fundamentally important to the heydays of the park. This is our opportunity to help return the park to its full glory, whilst training and educating the next generation of landscape and gardening experts along with tree surgeons and animal specialists. It will be an enormous boost for students and bring real benefits to the local community in Crystal Palace and South East London.”

Malcolm Goodwin continues to say: “As London’s leading and only specialist land based College, our doors are open to students of all levels. We share our College’s facilities with the public and work closely with the community. Capel offers the largest and best range of land based provision in London and these new high quality facilities and classrooms will enable students to equip themselves with the skills and experience they need to get rewarding jobs working with animals, the environment and green space anywhere in the world. We are also creating a brand new farm and zoological collections and that, together with the horticulture courses, will enable students to get real practical experience working in Crystal Palace Park. All the rich echoes of the past can be brought to life again using the energy and creative talents of students in our high tech world.”

Centre Manager, Andrew Smith says “The news of our successful bid sent the morale to another level and anticipation of what the future holds is overwhelming. The college is a great asset to the community and the young people in South East London”

This news comes at a perfect time for the College as it begins celebrations for its 50th anniversary.

To find out more about the College’s plans for its new facilities, please call 0303 003 1234.

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