Oxford & Cherwell Valley College £3.5m art block opens

Gallery in Creative Arts building
Image caption The new centre includes an art gallery

A £3.5m refurbished art block at Oxford & Cherwell Valley College's Banbury campus has opened.

Four hundred students, aged between 16 and 19, will study Creative Arts in the new centre.

Curriculum manager Jackie Whitehouse said: "The building has enabled us to work extensively with our students to produce quality work in a 21st Century building."

The college said 50 staff would also be based at the new site.

Student Shannon Stockley said: "The new building is bright and very modern and in the fashion studio we have more space."

Planning permission to build a £5.5m media and motor vehicle industry centre alongside the centre is also said to be "imminent".

It would replace older buildings on the Broughton Road campus and open in 2014/15.

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