Cornish Higher Education gets boost

Cornish college opens centre of horticulture

A Cornish college became the first site in the county to feature a building dedicated to horticulture when it was opened by Lord Plumb of Coleshill on 19 September. The new building, at Duchy College’s Rosewarne site, offers modern teaching facilities for students studying at higher education level, specialising in horticulture, with courses covering disciplines such as landscape design, plantsmanship and commercial production. The building is Duchy College’s first dedicated higher education space and the college aims to create 4,000 higher education places by 2010, producing 1,300 graduates a year and an extra £32 million a year for the Cornish economy. Named after the college’s governor, Trevor Rodda, who was instrumental in the establishment of the centre at Rosewarne, the building has been designed to have a low impact on the site. The modern, timber-framed design features a sweeping, curved exterior and copper-coloured roof panels. It was designed to blend into the surroundings. Built to an environmentally friendly specification from sustainable resources, the building has been nominated for the Cornish Building Group: Annual Award Scheme and entered in the New Build/Educational section.

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