Work has started on a £3m extension which is set to double student numbers at a Teesside sixth form.
Demand for places at MC6 – the purpose-built sixth form centre at Middlesbrough College – has risen by 33pc in the last year.
The extension will help increase the college’s offer of A-levels and allow a further 500 students to take up places.
Zoe Lewis, principal and chief executive, said: “We’ve seen a remarkable increase in the number of applications and this extension shows the level of commitment that the college has in delivering first-class A-levels courses for students from across the Tees Valley.”
The work is being carried out by North East design and build specialists, Surgo Construction. Its director Jeff Alexander, said: “We are delighted to be working with Middlesbrough College on the construction of its new Sixth Form facility.
“We look forward to delivering a first-class building, which will support the college as it continues to meet the growth in demand for places.”
The project is due for completion in August.
The extension at MC6 is part of a £20m investment at Middlesbrough College which also includes:
Creation of a £12m STEM Centre, due to open in 2015, providing training in advanced manufacturing, process, engineering disciplines, digital, warehousing and logistics.
£3.5m investment in the main college building to recover void spaces which will accommodate the rapid demand for engineering, health and social care.
A £1.5m eco house, community garden and sustainable heart to promote low-carbon living and a new student drop-off area.