Bury St Edmunds college celebrates official opening of Gateway building

CELEBRATION: At the ceremony, fromn left, Lord Tollemache,  Nikos Savvas and Richard Carter
CELEBRATION: At the ceremony, fromn left, Lord Tollemache, Nikos Savvas and Richard Carter

A ‘gateway to learning’ was celebrated this week with the official opening of West Suffolk College’s newest building.

Work on the £7 million state-of-the-art Gateway was completed in August 2012 and on Wednesday architects Pick Everard and contractors ISG - who won two awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects for their work on the project -joined VIPs at its opening ceremony.

Richard Carter, head of governors, said the ‘landmark building’ was in keeping with Bury St Edmunds’ ‘long and proud history’ of gateways, as remembered in its street names, Northgate, Southgate, Eastgate, Westgate, and that of where the college stood today in Out Risbygate.

Principal Nikos Savvas said creating the modern building, which was the last stage in a series of works to bring teaching facilities up to date, formed part of a larger ambition for the college to be known locally and nationally as a ‘truly vocational and educational hub’.

Lord Tollemache, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, had the ‘enormous pleasure’ of unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion.

He said: “I do think the 17,000 students who come here are very lucky to have such a wonderful new building to work in and I do congratulate everybody who was responsible for it.”