PLANS for the development of a new £45m College in the centre of Grays will take another step forward with the demolition of Marston House to make way for the new South Essex College’s Thurrock Campus on Grays High Street.
The proposed Thurrock Campus will play a key role in increasing the opportunities for local people to gain the skills and knowledge needed to access high quality and well paid employment. It is hoped that work on the Campus, will start in September this year with it opening to new students in September 2014 following planning approval by the Development Corporation’s Planning Committee at its meeting on Monday 6th February 2012.
Marston House, a nine storey tower block built in the 1980s, comprises 92 flats and was acquired by Thurrock Development Corporation in March 2010 as part of the work to assemble a site for the Thurrock Campus. The Development Corporation worked closely with previous owners, Genesis Housing Group, and Thurrock Council to relocate the tenants. The building has been vacant since May 2011.
The demolition is being conducted on the Development Corporation’s behalf by the Cuddy Group. Work on the ‘soft strip’ – the removal of furniture etc – commenced in late 2011 and has now been completed. The next stage of work will see the building shrouded in scaffolding as it is taken down brick by brick in order to reduce the impact on local residents and businesses. All demolition works will be completed and a cleared site handed back to the Development Corporation by the end of March 2012.
Will McKee, Chairman of Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation said: “The Development Corporation has been working hard to assemble the site for the new Thurrock Campus. The demolition of Marston House is a necessary step to secure this key project for the regeneration of Grays.
“Building Thurrock’s skill base will attract new businesses to the area and will increase the opportunity for inward investment as well as enabling young people to gain the skills they need to compete for jobs in Thurrock’s growing and diversifying economy.”