A new college building named after a renowned British poet and writer has been opened with special facilities to support people with learning difficulties.

Benjamin Zephaniah said he felt “pride” a newly refurbished learning facility at Harrow College would carry his name – especially because of its “inclusive and creative approach”.

The specially designed, two-storey building at the college’s Harrow Weald campus features an IT suite, social area, hygiene and medication rooms and a new library.

The “Zephaniah” building, which is designed with amenities to support students with both learning difficulties and disabilities, was funded by the mayor’s Skills for Londoners Capital Fund.

Guest at the launch included the Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Kareema Marikar, deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills, Jules Pipe, college governors and care providers.

The event was hosted by the principal of Harrow College, Pat Carvalho.

Mr Zephaniah said: “Knowing that your learning centre is carrying my name is something that fills me with pride, especially because of your inclusive and creative approach to learning.

“It’s not just about my journey, but also the journey of all the students who will be using this centre.

“There is very little we can do about the past, but we can all educate ourselves for better futures. To know that I, or my name, will play a part in the lives of all your students and teachers is very inspiring.”

Speaking at the event, Mr Pipe, said: “The Mayor and I are committed to ensuring all Londoners, whatever their background, can share in the capital’s prosperity and fulfil their potential.”