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An Olympic celebration for College's new Campus

May 16, 2012

Over 400 guests attended a spectacular ‘Opening Ceremony’ (Thursday 10th May) at West Cheshire College’s Ellesmere Port Campus to celebrate its official opening with Olympic hero Sir Steve Redgrave.

The Olympic-inspired ‘Opening Ceremony’ featured a parade by the College’s vocational students, as well as a show-stopping performance by performing arts and dance students which included fire eaters and stilt walkers and ended with a confetti cannon explosion.

Liverpool-based Wired Aerial Theatre were also part of the celebration with a specially choreographed performance involving the five Olympic rings and aerial wired artists dropping down from the 88 foot high rotunda.

Guests made their entrance on a red carpet where they were greeted by sports students holding Olympic torches before being served with canapés which were created and served by hospitality and catering students.

Principal of West Cheshire College, Sara Mogel, said: “We have worked hard for over eight years to make the redevelopment of the Ellesmere Port Campus happen.

“The evening was a great success thanks to the continued hard work and dedication of our staff and students. It was an evening that our guests and everybody at the College will remember for a very long time.”

Five-time Olympic Gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave said: “I really enjoyed my visit to West Cheshire College. I was overwhelmed by the modern and state-of-the-art facilities in the Campus. The facilities create a realistic working environment so students can have the best training and will be job ready by the time they leave.

“The Opening Ceremony put on by the College to officially open the Campus was spectacular and the success of the event was a credit to the staff and students. I was privileged to have been a part of it.”

The official opening marked the completion of Phase Two of the College’s £65 million redevelopment project built by BAM Construct UK, which now includes a 3,900 sq metre Arts Centre and a state-of-the-art fitness gym.

The Arts Centre will be a base for over 500 art, retail and event students and will boast one of the most impressive facilities in the North West. Facilities in the Centre include a 3D modelling workshop, games and media studios with green screen facilities and edit suites, ceramics and jewellery making workshops, fashion and textile studios and visual merchandising pods.

Phase One of the Campus, which opened in September, includes a replica aircraft cabin for travel and tourism students; a patient simulator for health and social care students; hairdressing salon run in partnership with Francesco Group; a beauty therapy room with 28 treatment rooms; The John Prescott theatre with 150 retractable seats; a 1,340sq ft dance studio and 38-seater fine dining restaurant which will serve fine British cuisine prepared and served by hospitality and catering students.

The final part of the development will include external landscaping, football pitches and new tennis courts which are expected to be completed in the summer.

For more information on West Cheshire College call the College hotline on 01244 656 555 or visit www.west-cheshire.ac.uk

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