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UK Chance Technical College/Sandwell College - Birmingham - August 2014

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Just digging through some older photos, am sitting on thousands at the moment I've not posted up! :eek: Quite sure this site has been covered when it was in much better condition already on these forums and quite a few buildings had been knocked down when we dropped in. Scared a few kids off on our entry. :upu:. None the less I took some nice grabs of the oldest building on-site which is being retained apparently.. Some of the others were in a very precarious state, especially the one that seems to have been a chapel at one point, floor was caving in below us.

Visited with Rawski and Sentinel after having some fun trying to sneak into another spot, alas that was a no-go in the end. ;/

I've pulled some history from t'internet. Not my wording, but FYI. Apols for my laziness. ;)

"In 1846 the Chance family started evening classes in science and art at their glassworks in Spon Lane for the benefit of their workers. In 1852 an education institute was formed which existed for almost twenty years. By 1885 Most classes were being run in the envening at the higher grade school in Crocketts Lane. In 1910 a permanent Smethwick Technical School was opened next door. It served as a Junior Technical School for school-age pupils during the day and an adult further education school in the evenings.

The school became Smethwick Municipal College in 1927 and was renamed Chance Technical College in 1945 and A block of engineering and building workshops was opened in 1950.

Between 1952 and 1966 major extensions were built and they enabled the college to accommodate 3,500 students by 1966. In 1968 the college was merged with Oldbury College of Further Education to form Warley College of Technology, with the buildings in Crockett’s Lane (Chance Building) housing the main administrative centre of the new college and six of its eight departments

At some point it merged again and became Sandwell College – Smethwick Finally closing in stages between 2011 and 2012 as the college moved to a new campus."

The old Chance Building.

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Some admin documents.

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Remains of the piano, it was fawked. ;(

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Gordy was a character it seems. :read:

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Editing/sound booth. Shame all the decks were ripped out by local kids it seems. Seen pics of this in a much more complete state.

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HND project presentation.

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The road facing buildings, apart from the modern extension further down, are all that remains. I'd say 60% is demo'd at this point.

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I did my A-levels there in the 1980's (Happy Days!) and it was known as WARLEY COLLEGE then; don't know it by Chance College etc. Still remember the great architecture inside; looked and felt like a real college. They always have to ruin everything...

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