The Beacon Centre

The Beacon Centre is a brand new £18.3 million teaching space sitting in the heart of the Blackburn College campus.  It features The Hub, a student focussed area to support students, plus state-of-the-art teaching facilities for our courses: Creative Arts, Fashion and Textiles, Photography, Childhood Studies, Health and Social Care and Public Services, as well as a library and social and administrative accommodation.

  • 65 classrooms and teaching spaces including art studios IT suites and photography studios
  • Creative Arts with large window spaces for maximum natural light
  • Photography studio with darkroom
  • Weaving, pattern making, embroidery, ceramics, print making, digital art, fashion and textiles  classrooms
  • Childhood Studies classrooms featuring the pioneering Forrest School initiative
  • Health and Social Care classroom with mock hospital ward
  • Fully resourced library with laptop provision
  • Social spaces, café featuring Starbucks.
  • Male and Female multi faith prayer rooms.
  • The Beacon Centre has been built to a embrace sustainability:
  • Thermally designed building to BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating – to limit heat loss
  • Grey water system – rainwater is harvested off the roof to flush the toilets
  • Air source heat pumps – converts external air temperatures into useful heat, such as underfloor heating
  • Windowmaster temperature and CO2 monitors – opens and closes windows automatically
  • Solar thermal water collectors – uses sun rays to heat water for hand washing
  • Green sedum roof covers the three-storey structure – created to reduce the amount of rainfall entering the drains and provide new habitats.