Photo students focus on Dunstable college £15m new build

Central Beds College photography students
Central Beds College photography students
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Photography students at Central Bedfordshire College have started a new project to capture the construction work at the Dunstable campus and provide an insight into the building for future generations.

The students, all on the second year of the Level 3 Photography course, have been split into groups, with each being tasked to record the project with a different focus.

These include the building work as it progresses, personnel, abstract, portraiture and close-up details.

The project forms part of their ‘personal professional development’ unit and will culminate in a final exhibition in September 2015 when the new building opens. Selected images will also be used throughout the construction to update key stakeholders on the progress of the project.

The £15million development is at the Kingsway campus and when it opens in September 2015 it will bring a host of new facilities to the college and the wider community.

As well as state-of-the-art learning environments, there will be fully operational hair and beauty salons and a new restaurant. The college says these commercial elements will enable students to use the skills they have learnt in a real working environment.

College principal Ali Hadawi said: “This is a significant project for the college and the Dunstable community so it is important that students are involved as much as possible, utilising the skills they have learnt through their studies.”

Danny Roberts, project manager for Ashe, said: “This construction project is ideally located to present an opportunity for real hands-on interaction with the college.

“We were duly impressed by the enthusiasm of the photography students and worked alongside the college to ensure this exciting proposal became a reality. We are looking forward to what they produce over the coming months.”