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RACC is changing and growing

11 June 2012

Over the past year, RACC has been focusing on planning for the future.  Our overall aim is to increase the number of high-quality courses we provide to local learners and attract more students to the College, while also adapting to the needs of a changing curriculum.


We are planning a number of changes to the College as part of our plans to meet future challenges.  In July 2011 RACC announced the decision to transfer the ownership of our Clifden site in Twickenham to Richmond Borough Council. We will re-invest the funds from this sale at our Parkshot site in Richmond, to develop a hub of excellence for adult learning. We have consulted local stakeholders to help develop our plans, which are being designed by award-winning architects, Duggan Morris Associates.


The development plans will include:

  • A refurbishment of the public areas of the Edwardian building
  • An extended and modernised Queen Charlotte Hall for performance activities
  • Refurbished performing arts facilities and therapies suite
  • A new purpose-built art and design centre.

The Parkshot site will be completed in the summer of 2014. Adult learning will continue at the Clifden site until then.


This development will ensure that the College has buildings and fantastic new facilities that meet the highest green credentials, are efficient to run and will meet the changing needs of adult students - something that will benefit everyone who attends the College in the future.


Our construction timetable


Planning consent was successful in May this year, so that preparatory works will begin in the autumn term of 2012 and building works will start in January 2013. The project will finish between Easter and summer 2014, in time for the start of the autumn term of 2014.


It is our intention that the development work will be a closely managed process to cause minimal disruption to students and staff. We will provide information to all current and prospective students about any effects on courses to ensure these changes are as smooth as possible.  We will also provide information about the excellent transport links to encourage more learners to travel between the campuses - a journey of around five minutes by train.


Helping to fund our future


We will also be launching a new drive to attract more funding to RACC for bursaries and further improvements to the College.  As an educational charity, we are looking for donations to help us deliver our mission of education for adults in Richmond.  Donations would be used to help increase the number of bursaries we can offer to local learners who may be experiencing financial difficulties or are on low incomes. More information on bursaries can be found on

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