A PERIOD of rapid expansion at Boston College is set to continue, after the centre took over the running of the Red Lion Quarter in Spalding.
The college, which has taken over the freehold of the site, aims to transform it into a centre providing post-16 education for people in the Spalding and South Holland area – many of whom currently have to travel to Boston or Stamford.
It also wants to continue the vision set out when the centre was first established – to promote local businesses and local food.
Boston College principal Amanda Mosek told The Standard: “I am absolutely delighted with this news which will undoubtedly bring benefits to the people of Spalding. I want to see the building become a hub for the local community so that Boston College is truly delivering its vision to make an outstanding contribution to the region.”
The college has been involved with the centre since it was first established, running its Sage restaurant and training chefs on site. That is set to continue.
Other, non-food related courses, will also be available.
The college has pledged to continue work to promote Lincolnshire’s food heritage by providing the atrium of the building for displays to showcase products and food heritage in the area.
The £6.5 million centre ran in to troubles shortly after opening last year.
A ‘food court’ shop had to close after losing money and there were several redundancies as South Holland District Council stepped in to save the site.
South Holland deputy leader Nick Worth said: “This will give us an even bigger and better collegewith greater educational opportunities and apprenticeships for young people, with a focus on food heritage and food-related courses.”