Agritech Centre

Construction of a new cutting-edge agritech training facility at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester.

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Project Status - Completed

  • Start Date: 01/11/2015
  • End Date: 31/07/2016 
  • Local Growth Fund allocation: £900,000
  • Awarded to: Kingston Maurward College

Project Summary:

Construction of a new cutting-edge agritech training facility.

In May 2016, Kingston Maurward College unveiled its new £1.2 million state-of-the-art agritech centre co-financed with Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership through the government's Local Growth Fund.

The contemporary agritech centre took five months to build and positions Kingston Maurward College (KMC) at the forefront of agricultural training facilities in the region. The purpose built facility comprises of:

  • Agricultural classroom
  • IT suite
  • High spec workshop
  • Machinery facilities including a fleet of tractors, a GPS tractor, plough, sprayer and variable rate drill.


  • Train 10 apprentices annually
  • Train 100 students annually
  • 105 jobs

As of 2020, 162 apprentices have been trained with 290 more forecasted for between 2020-2025. 874 students have been trained to date and KMC are on course to train 350 more by 2025.

Case Study:

Clare Davison, Former Principal of Kingston Maurward College said:

“The College is extremely grateful and fortunate to have had the support of Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership in order to be able to complete this project. Their support in co-financing this project has enabled the College to invest not only in a wonderful new facility, but also in state of the art equipment totalling some £1.2 million. Every year employer and student expectations rise. The College must continue to apply and adopt new science and technological developments in order to carry on thriving and remain relevant to the industries it serves and the students that enrol here. Access to these contemporary facilities and equipment will enable the take up of breakthroughs across nutrition, informatics, remote sensing and low impact agriculture. All of this can be exploited across the rural Dorset economy to help increase productivity.”

View the End of Project report here.

Contact details

Kingston Maurward College
General enquiries tel: 01305 215000
Employers tel: 01305 215000

Agritech Centre