PLANS to bulldoze an entire Hampshire college and rebuild it from scratch are likely to be given the go ahead tomorrow.

Members of the New Forest National Park Authority are being recommended to approve a multi-million-pound proposal to replace almost every building at Brockenhurst College.

The traditional brick frontage familiar to everyone who has visited the campus since it was built in the 1930s will be demolished under the scheme.

It will be replaced with state-of-the-art energy efficient and sustainable buildings that will transform the 27-acre site.

The only facility to escape the bulldozers will be The Beacon Centre, a modern complex for media studies, photography and IT that opened in May 2006.


Every other building, including the Hard Brock Café that opened in 2002, will be torn down to make way for a new look college.

Proposals include a central courtyard and an amphitheatre in front of the new buildings. Parking spaces for buses will be provided inside the college grounds, preventing vehicles having to stop on the A337 - the main road through the village.

College staff say the existing buildings do not allow for the predicted rise in student numbers and fail to meet energy efficiency standards.

The principal, Di Roberts, said: "We now have what the government describes as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop world-class facilities.

"This is a wonderful chance for us to develop the college for future generations.

"The new buildings will retain the traditional values we hold dear. The scheme will enable us to meet the challenge of environmental sustainability and most importantly to provide the best teaching environment for the students of the next generation and the whole New Forest community."

Members of the New Forest National Park Authority will be recommended to approve the scheme when they meet tomorrow.

A report to the meeting says: "With the exception of the Beacon Technology Centre, it is proposed to demolish all the existing buildings on the site and replace them. The proposal includes a number of new sporting facilities, including an indoor sports hall."

If the plan is approved building will start in 2010. It will be completed in phases, enabling the college to remain operational throughout construction.