Askham Bryan College will turn Stewart Park’s Central Lodge in Middlesbrough into an educational hub with £3 million of lottery money, The Gazette Live reported.
The college has run courses from Stewart Park for several years and has been awarded £3 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to turn Central Lodge into an agricultural and horticultural education facility.
Two years ago the Yorkshire-based college pledged to restore the park buildings, which are in need of urgent repair, as part of a ten-year plan.
The major restoration will see a new phase of the college’s partnership with Middlesbrough Council which transferred over several buildings last year.
The aim is to return the buildings to their former glory, encourage greater public access, and create an educational hub for young people.
Repairs will include extensive work to the roof and the general fabric of the building, the creation of lecture rooms, a science lab, a learning resource centre, animal handling areas, workshops and a reception area.
Liz Philip, executive principal of Askham Bryan College, said: “The restoration of Central Lodge means it will become a vibrant centre helping to increase future employment and life opportunities for the region’s young people.
“We have worked closely with the local community groups and the Friends of Stewart Park who have been very supportive and we anticipate that our existing courses in animal management, horticulture and agriculture will be extended and new courses in forestry and arboriculture added.”
Councillor Tom Mawston, chairman of the Friends of Stewart Park, said: “This latest funding award is great news, not just for the park but for the town as a whole.”
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