New Halls of Residence at Fleetwood Nautical Campus helps cope with growing student numbers

Published on 30/07/2019 by nmoo

Increased demand for accommodation for students from around the world studying at Fleetwood Nautical Campus has led to a £1.5 million investment in a new Halls of Residence.

When completed at the end of August the new building will provide 35 rooms and increase the number available by more than one third from the existing 102.

The additional capacity will enable the college to meet the requirements of shipping companies and those involved in offshore renewable energy, gas and oil exploration for secure on-site accommodation for their employees attending courses at the Campus and younger cadets just starting their training.

The start of work on the building was marked by a ground-breaking ceremony carried out by Kathryn Neilson, who heads up the UK’s Merchant Navy Training Board with which the Campus has long-established links.

Fleetwood Nautical Campus can trace its origins back to 1892 and is today part of Blackpool and The Fylde College, an Ofsted Grade 1 Outstanding College and is regarded as one of the leading training establishments for merchant seafarers and offshore workers in the UK. It is an eight times winner of the Maritime and Coastguards Agency Officer Trainee of the Year Award and is accredited to the highest maritime industry standards.

Almost 100 courses are available at the Campus covering every aspect of commercial seafaring and the fast-growing offshore industries sector. These enable people to both begin their seafaring career at the Campus or develop it further by improving their qualifications.

Cutting-edge facilities at the 14-acre site include a five-bridge full mission ship simulator, an engine room simulator, an environmental survival tank, a firefighting training ground and a Marine Engineering Centre recently built at a cost of £1.2 million.

Captain Neil Atkinson, Head of Fleetwood Nautical Campus, said: “This new Halls of Residence is an important addition to the excellent existing facilities at the Campus. It is particularly important for our younger students and for those coming here from around the world that we are able to provide a comfortable, safe and secure environment for them and one which in many ways emulates the living conditions that they are, or will be, encountering during their working lives at sea or on offshore installations.”