Temporary Closure of Askham Bryan College’s York Campus

Please note: Askham Bryan College’s York campus will be closed until Thursday
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Temporary Closure of Askham Bryan College’s York Campus Please note: Askham Bryan College’s York campus will be closed until Thursday

Askham Bryan College’s York campus will be closed today and tomorrow due to a burst water main, with the expectation of reopening on Thursday. The college assured that all other campuses remain unaffected.

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park is on the same plot as the York campus (Image: Supplied)

A spokesperson stated that the fix for the burst water main is anticipated to be completed today, but pipe testing could require 16 hours to ensure proper functionality.


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College principal Dr Tim Whitaker explained: “The college suffered an unexpected burst mains water pipe valve which was discovered on Monday morning. Unfortunately and for obvious reasons, we have had to shut the main campus at York whilst this problem is resolved. We have specialist contractors onsite currently and we apologize to all students and individuals affected.”

The spokesperson added: “We have communicated with all our students, through our various communications channels, about the problem and shared with all other stakeholders appropriately. Our students have engaged in appropriate remote learning and/or learning not based on the York Campus. A small number of residential students remain on site and are being appropriately managed.”

Facilities at the Askham Bryan campus in York include farms, an equestrian center, indoor and outdoor riding schools, a cattery, kennels, and a conservation park. The spokesperson stated: “We currently have a commercial dairy of over 200 head of cattle, a high welfare beef unit of over 100 beef cattle, sheep of over 300 and an equine unit of 40 horses. Our conservation and wildlife park accommodates over 150 species – everything from lemurs to wallabies to tansy beetle. None of the livestock has been affected in any way. All animal units have independent water supplies to that of the main campus.”