BAM to restore historic Victoria Building at Blackburn College

BAM is set to begin work revitalising the 135-year-old Victoria Building at Blackburn College, to create a dynamic hub for adult learning, advanced skills, and community activities in the heart of Blackburn town centre. 

The Department for Education has contributed £25m from its Further Education Capital Transfer Fund to repair, restore, and reinvigorate the building.

The flagship project will see the Grade II listed heritage building, which was constructed in 1888, brought back to life as a central feature of Blackburn’s Town Centre Master Plan. 

The project includes constructing additional lecture theatres and converting offices back into their original uses as spacious classrooms and meeting areas.

Much of the decorative panelling, ornate coving, and stained glass will also be rejuvenated, false ceilings will be removed, while a labyrinth of corridors, stairwells, and reception areas will be refreshed.

One of the most dramatic transformations will involve turning the entire top level of the building into a live performance area for both student and community events.

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John Phillips

John Phillips, Regional Director at BAM, said:

“BAM has a strong track record in restoring beautiful historic buildings and we’re known for the quality of our projects. We will work sensitively and sustainably, and we’ll support the local economy and community in Blackburn throughout the project.”

Dr Fazal Dad, Principal and Chief Executive of Blackburn College, said: “The restoration of the Victoria Building is much more than just an upgrade of learning facilities, it will bring a magnificent community and civic asset back to life and create new opportunities for everyone.”

The Deputy Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, Councillor Quesir Mahmood, added: “The Victoria Building is iconic and part of our wider development of the Blackburn Cultural Quarter. This is a fantastic commitment by the Department for Education and Blackburn College – a welcome boost for our town."

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