A leading UK college is celebrating a £4million investment and rebranding.

Nelson and Colne College and Accrington and Rossendale College merged in November last year, and following the success, a sum of cash was invested in the institution to transform the Accrington and Rossendale campus.

In line with this, the college has rolled-out an exciting new brand, giving them a new identity and new-look logo.

Rossendale-based agency Studio Up North was entrusted with the branding process for its strong track-record of rebranding established companies nationwide.

Principal and Chief Executive of the college, Amanda Melton, said: "We’re absolutely thrilled with the outcome and we believe the team at Studio Up North have done a fantastic job rebranding our complex college organisation.

"We wanted the new overarching group brand and Accrington and Rossendale College’s identity to be linked to the existing Nelson and Colne College brand to ensure a clear connection across the group to our long history of outstanding teaching and results and strong national reputation.

"So it was a case of evolving and not transforming our existing brand, while maintaining the Accrington and Rossendale College name because of its positive geographic and historic connections, balancing our well-established Lancashire Adult Learning brand and tweaking the identities of our professional skills and university centres as well as our renowned apprenticeship offer."

The college's Broad Oak Building has already had its phase one makeover, with furniture, IT equipment, wall art and the creation of improved study zones.

Phase two of the plans to remodel the refectory and build a new hair and beauty salon is to be completed shortly.

And phase three of the plans will see an overhaul of the Hameldon Building, which houses the college’s construction department, and significant landscaping of the site, to improve accessibility and enhance the campus surroundings.

Ms Melton added: "Colleges are at the heart of their communities, and our terrific new brand is created by the community for the community.

"We can now move forward as one college to do what we do best which is creating the extraordinary."