A COLLEGE in Taunton is celebrating as it has secured a grant of more than £1million for a new music building. 

Richard Huish College, Taunton, has received a grant of £1.4million to build a new music and visual arts centre. 

The news comes as the build on its new Maple Arts Centre is making good progress.

Funding was secured last year for the new art and graphic design building. 

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Governors from the college recently took part in a 'topping out' ceremony to celebrate the progress. 

The Maple Arts Centre is set to open to students in October. 

Meanwhile, the building works for the new music building is set to start in autumn 2017 and will be completed by September 2018. 

This investment brings the total capital investment into the college over the last five years well above the £12 million mark.

Plans include demolishing existing teaching and administrative spaces, and replacing them with a brand new, two-storey music block containing a state of the art recording studio as well as high quality practice and performance spaces. 

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Principal, John Abbott, said: “This is fantastic news as it allows Huish to continue providing ultra modern, well equipped, specialist teaching spaces for our students. 

"We are renowned for the talent of our music students and excellence of teaching across our music courses and I am excited about the musical future of Huish.

"The continued investment in Huish by the Department for Education is also a great endorsement of the work all staff do in ensuring that students achieve beyond their expectations”.