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Report - Bolton College - Horwich - Feb 2017

The Excursionists

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History:

In 1959 the college gained academic status and was approved by the University of Manchester.
The college split, in 1963, to become Bolton Technical College and the Bolton Institute of Technology (now the university). Dr A G Peace was appointed principal of Bolton Technical College.
1971 an additional building was added to the side of the main building. A technology block and sports hall opened and this would later become the Excel Centre.

In 1982 all further education colleges in the borough merged, with the exception of the Institute of Technology, Manchester Road became Bolton Metropolitan College, Mr Colin Terry was appointed principal based at Clarence Street but moved to Manchester Road in September.

The Community Education Service was formed in 1990 and Bolton Council’s focus was now on vocational training and education.
Refurbishment gave the college a new guidance centre to offer new and existing students careers advice and in 1993 principal Terry Hogan officially opened the college’s revamped library and the college gained its independence from Bolton Council and becomes Bolton College.

On March 4, 2009 the Government gave the green light for the new building in Deane Road and on April 1, 2010 Bolton Community College was re-branded to Bolton College in preparation for the new building being erected. On September 6, 2010, Manchester Road closed its doors for the last time and on September 13, Deane Road opened its doors for the first day of term.

Nowadays, the site has become a massive magnet for vandals and the police have been called to the college on numerous occasions due to reports of fires. According to The Bolton News, the council outline planning permission has been approved to build 140 homes in 2014 but there has yet to be any work done.

Our Visit:

We visited this site with @Conananan. This place had been at the top of my list for over 4 months after receiving a news article about the location. We'd heard the it was tightly sealed and security on site so kept putting it off. With the recent bloom of reports I couldn't help but plan a trip down to see whether we could get in. On arrival we noticed some people outside the main entrance in a parking bay that looked like security, although it was hard to tell. We avoided them to the best of our abilities and gained easy access and finding nobody around.

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