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Plans for a new college campus in Wolverhampton city centre are one step closer with the announcement that officials are now assessing the development potential of the former Royal Hospital site.

Thanks to a grant from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), City of Wolverhampton College will begin a feasibility study of the site in the next few weeks.

The study, which is being carried out by partners Inspired Spaces, will explore the viability of the site and consider how the proposed plans will fit in the existing landscape and Wolverhampton’s regeneration plans.

It will also look at estimated costs and the impact on the local area and transport, as well as consider alternative sites.

Principal Mark Robertson said: “The feasibility study is an exciting step forward in seeing our vision for a high quality, state of the art, college in the heart of the city turn into reality.

“The new campus development will provide employers and students with the skills they need to compete locally, regionally and even internationally. The campus will help to reinforce the value of education to the city, and will provide many thousands of people with better life chances in the future.”

Stewart Towe, Black Country LEP Chairman, said: “The Black Country LEP are delighted to be investing in the feasibility study for a new City of Wolverhampton College Campus which will provide the basis for a cost efficient proposal to assess the benefits of the former Royal Hospital site.

“Through supporting the study the Black Country LEP is helping develop a 21st Century facility for a 21st Century workforce, highlighting our commitment to supporting investment, and business growth, in the Black Country.”

The study will be completed by March 2016, when a formal development bid will be submitted to City of Wolverhampton Council.

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