Source: City of Southampton
The new hub has been opened following a 23 week refurbishment of the school’s old Design and Technology block that has been funded by Southampton City Council. It includes new facilities and has been designed to enable Design and Technology to be taught to the highest standard, with pupils across all year groups able to benefit from cutting-edge tools including a 3D printer and improved resources such as a dedicated food technology room.
As part of the ambitious refurbishment, rooms have been remodelled to make better use of the space and there have been structural alterations to open up the heart of the building. The hub features an invigorating yet subtle colour scheme that is designed to promote a calm studying environment.
The project cost around £1.2 million and is part of a wider programme of improvements to Regents Park Community College funded by Southampton City Council.
The Right Worshipful Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Peter Baillie, said: “It’s a great pleasure to open this impressive facility and usher in an exciting new chapter for students and staff at Regents Park Community College. The new design hub provides an excellent example of how Southampton City Council is working with partners to deliver best-in-class education facilities and I hope it will be well used for many years to come.”
Samantha Barnes, Headteacher at Regents Park Community College, said: “This week is a very proud moment for Regents Park Community College and I know that thousands of students will enjoy this exciting
new provision over many years to come. It is wonderful for our students to receive this investment from the Local Authority and today the students had their first chance to say ‘thank you’ by making cakes and serving tea to the Mayor of Southampton and all our visitors.”
Councillor Darren Paffey, Cabinet Member for Aspiration, Children and Lifelong Learning, said: “This first-rate design hub is an exciting demonstration of our commitment to ensuring that the city’s schools are fit for the 21st century. At Regent’s Park Community College and elsewhere in the city, we are investing in our young people’s future by creating dynamic new spaces where students can learn together and build on the skills and talents that were demonstrated so brilliantly by young people at the college this morning.”
1.The Mayor with Samantha Barnes, Headteacher at Regents Park Community College
2. One of the new Design and Technology rooms