Philip Cox, David Pearson, Jon Adams, Marcus Clinton, Ben Hall, Dave Kynaston 1 (1)

The latest halls of residence building has been officially opened at Reaseheath College and University Centre in Nantwich.

It brings the total capacity on campus to 850 bedrooms, and is part of a recent £80 million investment.

The accommodation forms five halls which are named after notable stately homes in Cheshire – Gawsworth Hall, Rode Hall, Tatton Hall, Capesthorne Hall and Tabley Hall.

The £13 million complex, which was support funded by Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership and built by Pochin Construction, provides 200 bedrooms.

Reaseheath’s students were involved at the planning stage and their input influenced the design.

Each block has a communal kitchen, lounge and dining area and the accommodation is already proving very popular among students.

Chair of Governors David Pearson MBE said one of Reaseheath’s key objectives was to ensure an “outstanding environment which would inspire academic learning and skills training”.

Principal and CEO Marcus Clinton confirmed many students and undergraduates from throughout the UK were taking advantage of the specialist technical education offered through Reaseheath College and University Centre.

Cai Hanmer-Roberts, a second year Foundation Degree in Zoo Management undergraduate, said: “All the students love the new accommodation.

“There’s lots of room downstairs for us to get together and socialise, which is very important, and plenty of space in the bedrooms for studying and storage.

“I’m so happy here I’ve already booked the same accommodation for next year!”

Philip Cox, chief executive of Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, confirmed he was delighted the funding had helped to provide fantastic student accommodation at a brilliant college.

Other recently completed facilities at Reaseheath include an Advanced Engineering and Agri-Tech Centre, a Sports Science and Performance Academy and an extension to University Centre Reaseheath which incorporates an Employer Hub.

(pic: Philip Cox, David Pearson, Jon Adams, Marcus Clinton, Head of Estates Ben Hunt and Vice Principal Dave Kynaston celebrate the opening of the new Halls of Residence)

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