New £115,000 covered courtyard social space opening soon

21 October 2022

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Students at Brockenhurst College will soon have access to a new social space thanks to the construction of a second covered courtyard costing £115,000.

The facility in M Block will comprise 225 square metres of decking and ten picnic benches for eating, studying and socialising.

Other features will include an automatic sliding door, energy-efficient LED lighting and wheelchair access.

Importantly, users will be protected from the elements all year round by a steel and canvas roof structure.

The Students’ Union is currently asking learners for suggestions about what other features they would like to see.

One idea is to create a quiet study area in a dedicated zone.

Vice Principal Simon Lovegrove said: “When the student voice requested more social space, we listened, and this is the result.

“We are very pleased with the design, the energy-saving aspects and the extra utility it will deliver for our whole college community.”

The new amenity will mirror the existing covered courtyard in M Block, which is a popular spot for learners to gather outside of lessons.

Building work will commence during the Autumn half-term holidays, with completion expected by the end of November.