BARNSLEY College has announced plans for a new £10.8million centre offering specialised state of the art facilities to students.

The centre is to be built at the college’s Honeywell campus and will offer a high quality learning environment for students on 14-16 curriculum courses and further and higher education courses.

Facilities at the centre will include specialised workshops for brickwork, plastering, wall insulation, roofing, joinery, and painting and decorating.

The planning application for the development will be submitted in January 2014 and work is planned to begin in the spring.

The college will receive an Enhanced Renewal Grant (ERG) from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) covering a third of the cost of the project.

Andrew Fairest, the college’s vice principal for property development, said: "We're very pleased that this exciting new development will enable us to provide students with top quality facilities in which to learn.

"It will also create a national ‘hub’ for specialist training in energy efficient construction and engineering."