South Essex College investing in Thurrock’s future

A new image of the new Thurrock Campus of South Essex College has been released to give a greater idea of how the proposed £45 million new build might look.

John Hayles, Acting Principal and Chief Executive of South Essex College, said: “We believe that with a new town centre College learners will be able to pursue their ambitions to be successful in exactly the kind of top-quality learning environment the people of Thurrock and Grays deserve.”

He added: “research shows that high quality learning environments lead to better learning and improved performance. Our development of a new College building is an investment in the future of individual learners and in the future economic prosperity of Thurrock.”

With parts open to the public this exciting new proposed facility will both meet the needs of study in the 21st Century, something lacking in the current location, and more importantly will help meet local employment needs. This is an investment in the future of Thurrock that has been needed for a long time.

There has been lots in the news recently about the increase in youth unemployment and those not in education or employment (NEETs).New education buildings have been recognised as being inspirational, have better attendance and success rates, better access and up to date resources. This is the vision for the new Thurrock Campus.

If planning permission is granted, the project will be paid for by a combination of a bank loan to the College and the sale of the current site at Woodview, which will see 100% of finance raised by that sale invested back into the ambitious new College building. This is planned to be open to new students in September 2014 and become the beating heart of Grays town centre.

The image of the proposed new Thurrock Campus has been released ahead of a meeting of councillors and follows a series of meetings between the developers of the proposed housing scheme to be built on the current Woodview site, Persimmon Homes, and local residents.

Persimmon Homes offered one to one residents meetings, which some local residents opposed to the proposed housing did attend and these meetings were very constructive. There have been a number of measures which
Persimmon Homes have agreed to review with the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation relating to the boundary of the site.

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