Plans for £70m college in Nottingham unveiled

Design of the new college The design will incorporate a public access walkway from the train station

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Plans for a £70m higher education college in the centre of Nottingham have been unveiled.

Central College Nottingham said it wants to build the development on derelict land on Canal Street, next to the tram line.

If the project is approved, the new campus will include the biggest indoor sports hall in the city.

Satellite colleges in Beeston and Clifton and academies at Radcliffe and Top Valley will remain open.

'Big investment'

The new site will accommodate up to 4,000 of the college's 5,000 students.

College principal Malcolm Cowgill said: "It's a big investment for us - but we think our plans fit in very well with the need to regenerate and transform this part of the city.

"The proposal creates an iconic building that will serve the city well for decades to come."

He added: "We've done some analysis with our students and some have commented that their expectation of university facilities is very high and then they come to a college where, to be honest, some of our buildings at the moment are not of that quality."

The college is currently in talks over funding, planning and the logistics of the site as part of the launch of a wider public consultation.

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