Lincolnshire college looks for new campus location

A new £13.5 million local college campus looks set to be built near Lincoln, at the city’s showground.

Bishop Burton is looking for a new site to run courses from when its current lease at Riseholme runs out in just over six years’ time.

The educational facility specialises in engineering, equine and agricultural studies – and is justifying the investment on a need to reflect technology and science’s growing impact on farming.

Bishop Burton’s principal and chief executive Jeanette Dawson said: “Young people who are interested in agriculture and any of the land-based subjects also want to get their hands on the latest technology – it’s the way people learn.”

She added that the farming college had already been working alongside the local council over the plans – and described the proposed end product as something which would be a “flagship for Lincolnshire”.

Work on the project could get underway from September next year, with bosses currently working to secure grants which will help to fund the initiative.

The centre includes plans for student accommodation, a working farm and laboratories.