Oatridge Agricultural College
Although there was no suitable buildings for conversion into residential and classroom accommodation, there was adequate land on which to build them. Four possible sites were considered for these new buildings, and construction work commenced late 1970 (although courses had commenced in 1969 using temporary accommodation on the farm site). By late 1973 the building of the college, workshops and accommodations (for 45 students) was completed. The official opening by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh took place on 2nd July 1974.
Whilst the construction of a new road and buildings had some visual and environmental impact
on the village, it should be noted that the overall authority at that time (Lothian Regional Council)
stated in a Regional Survey and Plan (1960's):
Since opening the college has continued to increase it's capacity by adding; 30 additional residential rooms (1977), new workshop facilities (1979), further teaching rooms and 30 study bedrooms (1980), new workshop and refectory and offices (1980-87), and a new 60 bed residence (1988). A more recent development was the design and construction of a new 9 hole commercial golf course that opened in the summer of 2000. This course is open to the public on a 'pay and play' basis and has contributed greatly to the local amenities. It is intended to change the course to a membership basis in 2002, with future plans being expansion to an 18 hole course and possibly a new clubhouse.
The College Today.
With a staff of around 100 the college can accommodate around 250 residential full-time students, with a further 2,000 places for part-time / evening classes. The courses offered today are very diverse covering; Agriculture to First Aid, Farriery to Greenkeeping and Welding to Computer Application. Courses are offered in a variety of delivery methods (depending of the subject) from full-time residential to part-time evening classes. If you wish to see more details of the courses offered we suggest you visit the college website at www.oatridge.ac.uk by clicking here.