College expands into Trinity Point in £2.7m deal

A sale worth nearly £2.7m will see Halesowen College take over the east wing of the nearby Trinity Point office building.

The seven-storey east wing of the 1970s office block, about half a mile from the current college, will now be refurbished to provide classrooms, studios, plus a student café and hub space.

In plans approved by Dudley Council earlier this year, works at Trinity Point will also result in new staff offices, along with student welfare and support facilities for digital and media students and staff.

Jacquie Carman, director of finance at Halesowen College, said: “We are delighted to acquire Trinity Point to create a centre of excellence for digital and media, providing an outstanding and inspirational environment for our students to flourish and succeed.”

Ed Siddall-Jones, managing director of Siddall Jones, explained that the property had been sold on a new 999-year lease and would now enable the college to provide motivational learning facilities and address overcrowding at the Whittingham Campus.

He said: “We are thrilled to have been able to broker this sale after knowing for some time about Halesowen College’s need to expand their campus.

“This sale further underlines the transition in the secondary office market in the need to repurpose stock for alternative uses.

“We have been involved in a number of similar conversations from residential, student and storage uses and look forward to working with our clients in this ever changing and challenging market.”

Siddall Jones acted on the deal on behalf of Trinity Point Developments, with solicitors from Knights acting for the vendor and Shakespeare Martineau advising the purchaser.