South Essex College is looking to the future with a series of exciting estate developments, which will improve the education offer for young people in the local area.
The planned developments include the College’s new site in Basildon Town Centre and its technical facility in Stephenson Road, Southend.
The relocation of South Essex College’s Basildon campus will lead to the creation of 725 much needed, high-quality family homes. These will be built on both the existing Nethermayne campus and the adjacent 33 hectares of Homes England land alongside a new school and retail facilities.
Planning permission has now been granted to go ahead with the College’s plans to build a digital technology hub on the former market site in Basildon.
These plans include a three-storey campus focusing on IT and digital technologies provision, plus public open space, shops and landscaping.
Basildon market has been relocated to a new purpose built facility on St Martin’s Square. It officially opened to traders and the public on 4 October.
Cllr Tony Hedley, Basildon Council’s Chairman of the Regeneration Committee, said: “This is a great example of how local services can work together to deliver community benefit.
“The College is a key part of the borough’s future and it is a real opportunity to have a state-of-the-art facility right in the heart of a regenerated town centre alongside the new market, which is bringing 46 modern kiosks into St Martin’s Square.”
The College has also opened the first phase of its Stephenson Road site, housing industry facilities for motor vehicle, engineering and construction courses.
The state-of-the-art site, off Progress Road, will provide students with a one stop shop for all their education and training needs in motor mechanics and the construction trades.
Anthony McGarel, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive of South Essex College, said: “Our ambition is to equip more young people with the right skills to secure jobs in important industries for the UK economy.
“The College’s new developments which specialise in certain sectors will do just that, bringing much needed education, training and skills facilities to the local area.”
Steve Greener, Senior Specialist, at Homes England said: “Homes England is delighted to be a major contributor towards this public and private partnership project which will deliver high quality housing, provide a new market and a brand new college campus in Basildon Town Centre.
“This project really illustrates Homes England’s ability to intervene in the housing market to create great places to live and work by helping home builders and communities.”