Peterborough Regional College will expand with four sites including environmental studies faculty

Peterborough Regional College (PRC) has unveiled new ambitious plans to build four campuses across the city, including an environmental studies faculty linked to sustainable construction.

The move will help reinforce the city’s ambition to become a zero carbon capital.

The college had previously announced plans to build one large learning centre at the college site, but the organisers felt that a network of centres, spread across the city specialising in financial services, engineering and manufacturing will raise the status of the college.

A joint venture company comprising PRC and Anglia Ruskin University has begun work on the first of the projects, a £8.9m University Centre campus site at the college base on Park Crescent.

A second campus is planned for a later date.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England and the East of England Development Agency have already donated £9m to the scheme.

Due for completion in 2012, the first phase of the new college is expected to open in 2010.