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Stourbridge college's vision for the future shown in image

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Complete with striking floor-to-ceiling glass panels, here is a glimpse of how a new multi-million pound college entrance in Stourbridge will look.

The new entrance and health and social care centre will cost £5 million and be partly funded by a Government grant won earlier this year.

The development is part of a wider £20m transformation for the college over the next 10 years.

The site was formerly known as Stourbridge College but has changed its name following a merger with Birmingham Metropolitan College.

They show a new frontage to the site, now called Hagley Road Campus of Birmingham Metropolitan College, as well as two new three-storey blocks, one filling a space between two front existing buildings and the other a side extension.

New artist impressions of the site have been submitted to Dudley Council as part of a planning application for the work.

The blocks will provide a new home for the college's health and social care department, which is currently based in a building at the rear of the site due to be demolished.

The work will also provide a new reception area and offices for student support services.

The planning application comes a year after Stourbridge College withdrew a previous proposal to revamp the entrance area to the site following complaints by people living nearby.

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Stourbridge Township Council raised concerns about the plans saying the new entrance would be 'incompatible with the older buildings' in the area.

But in a supporting document for the new application, planning agents Pick Everard said: "A neutral colour palette on the over-cladding will reflect the stone detailing on Old Swinford Hospital and West Hill Lodge.

"The slot windows and tall curtain walling glazed panel modules provide vertical emphasis influenced by the tall chimney and related features of the Grade II-listed Old Swinford Hospital."

A spokesman for Birmingham Metropolitan College said: "We want to refresh the entrance to the building, we don't want to be too radical, we think that the fascia needs a facelift without looking out of place with surrounding buildings."

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Plans for the work follow a £1m new fitness suite and computer area for students, which opened in 2011.

Future plans include demolishing the current health and social care department and mobile classrooms before a final phase to build a £5million three-storey A-Level block.

Under the current plans for the new entrance, the college says it has no plans to increase its number of staff and students.

There are 1,600 registered students at the college.

The college received £2.3m from the Government towards the health and social care building.

Dudley College also received £2.2m towards a new engineering teaching centre in Priory Road.

Last week Dudley College unveiled plans for the next stage of a multi-million pound learning quarter in the heart of the town.

Bosses want to open a specialist maths block for full and part-time students, which will be called Dudley Enhance.

A two-storey building will be constructed next to the existing Dudley Sixth campus, off Ednam Road and Priory Road.

Bosses say the popularity of the sixth form centre, which opened in September, has prompted the plans for the development to cater for a growing number of students.

It comes as preparations get under way for work to start on a £6m manufacturing and engineering complex – called Dudley Advance – on a site off Priory Road.

It will give students specialised manufacturing skills, and it is hoped it will help to support the local and national engineering, technology and manufacturing sector.

The new maths complex, which will be built on a site between Dudley Sixth and Dudley Advance will replace out-dated facilities at the college's Broadway site.

Halesowen got £1.9m owards a £5.9m scheme to replace outdated teaching blocks.

College bosses in Stourbridge are also getting ready to launch a new golf academy which will be teeing off next month,

The venture is being set up with Hagley Golf and Country Club.

It will offer students the chance to gain a sports qualification alongside professional golf coaching.

Students will also benefit from technical golf coaching, golf specific fitness sessions and plenty of opportunities to test out their skills on the golf course.

Golf coaching and membership at Hagley Golf and Country Club will be included with the course.

It follows the setting up of a football academy at Kidderminster Harriers Football Club.

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