A new music hub with band and practice rooms, as well as a new teaching block with labs and classrooms are being planned for Cronton Sixth Form College.

A planning application has been submitted to Halton Borough Council for the ambitious scheme, which would see existing changing rooms flattened to make way for a music hub complete with band rooms, practice rooms and two classrooms.

Temporary portable cabins on the site would also be removed to make way for a new two-storey teaching block containing  ICT rooms, a new laboratory and six new classrooms. The project would also include staff facilities and toilets and will face on to a new landscaped courtyard.

The planning application said the aim is to improve on the existing building and provide 'adequate high quality teaching spaces' for the college’s curriculum.

A design and access statement submitted in support of the project, said: “The portable cabins currently to the east of the site will be removed to accommodate the new teaching block and the music hub will be built in the location of the existing changing rooms.

“The teaching block will sit adjacent to the existing theatre, allowing the creation of a landscape courtyard area planned around an existing student/staff entrance point to the college.”

There have been other extension, refurbishment and new-build projects carried out on the college site in recent years. They included new lab spaces in 2015, the IDEA Centre in 2017 - which provides students with hands-on expericne of modern industry equipment - and the Playhouse Theatre, which was opened in 2019.

The design and access statement, added: “The proposal seeks to further enhance teaching spaces and resources available to students, teachers and visitors.”

The plans have now been officially submitted to Halton Borough Council but no date has yet been set for a final decision.