The College of Laws regional centres are undergoing major a facelift thanks to a multi-million pound cash injection.
The LPC provider is continuing its rapid growth with the announcement of a 5.5m extension of its Birmingham centre and the completion of a 2m renovation scheme in Chester.
Chief executive Nigel Savage said: “Law firms and aspiring law students are increasingly being drawn to our flexible approach to legal education and training. These investments are in the future of the regions and the challenging developing markets for legal services.”
Planners on Birmingham City Council have just given the go-ahead for a four-story extension to the colleges city centre facilities, which will help to meet increasing demand for its legal training services.
The number of students taking part in legal practice, bar vocational and graduate diploma courses at the centre, which this year totals around 700, has jumped by 15 per cent in the last 12 months alone.
The extension is due to be completed in 2010 and will include new classrooms, a larger law library, an IT suite and study area plus a resource room for trainee barristers.
In Chester, college staff are celebrating the completion of a 2m programme of work, which has included renovation of the historic Christleton Hall and landscaping of the gardens. Workshop rooms and IT equipment have also been upgraded.