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RMJM scoops planning for Merthyr learning centre

[First look] RMJM has won planning permission for this 13,450m² education project in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales

The project in Merthyr Tydfil town centre redevelops an existing college and creates new educational facilities in a bid to expand the area’s ‘learning landscape’.

Called the Merthyr Learning Quarter, the main building will feature science, arts, humanities and vocational training facilities.

The centre will also feature a multifunctional sports hall, nursery and ‘learning zone’.

The current college will stay open while the new building is constructed. The project is scheduled to complete in 2013 with landscaping works and demolition of the old structure planned to finish the following year.

Stephen Cutler, RMJM project director, said: ‘The Merthyr Tydfil Learning Quarter is a fantastic opportunity to create a striking new college, which will transform the lives of a whole community of learners. It is also a remarkable opportunity to create an accessible, attractive and memorable place for Merthyr Tydfil and the surrounding district.

‘The MLQ will be a potent force for regeneration and growth. It will be a focus for the community, promoting outreach and attracting a broad spectrum of individuals, both young and old, to experience a new way of learning, with a wide choice of programmes for study.’

John O’Shea, Merthyr Tydfil College dean, added: ‘The Merthyr Learning Quarter will raise the aspirations of all our young people and the community in general – and will make a real contribution to the regeneration of Merthyr Tydfil as an attractive and vibrant place to live, study and work.’

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