A PAIR of webcams have gone ‘live’ to give local residents their first views of South Essex College’s new £45 million Thurrock Campus site, which will replace the current Woodview Campus. The new Campus is set to open to students and the public in September 2014.
It might not look like much at the moment but the site, which is currently being prepared for building work to start by Skanska, the main contractor constructing the new college, will soon take shape and give people a real sense of what is going to be delivered in Grays town centre.
One thing is very clear though, the College site’s sheer size. The plot, which is situated opposite the Council offices covers,15,000 sq mand will be consist of two three and four storey buildings designed to deliver education choice and excellence.
The new Thurrock Campus is set to be a ‘milestone’ for education. The new facilities will enable the College to better meet the skill needs of employers both locally and regionally, providing courses to students that will meet local employment and industry demands.
Ideally located in the town centre with increased learning facilities and more learning opportunities for young people and businesses, the new Campus will also have better public transport links that should encourage more people currently not in education, employment or training to reconsider their education and training needs to ensure a better future.
Expanding its course offer, the new campus will include cutting edge training facilities for plumbing, gas, heating and sustainable technologies courses. Areas such as beauty salons and training kitchens will provide more student places than currently offered at Woodview. Hairdressing salons, a specialist healthcare area and childcare centre will also be included in the building.
There will also be welding bays, brickwork, carpentry, engineering, mechanical, electrical, logistics, IT and media including costume production, fine art and technical theatre. A library and study facilities will also feature, all of which will help the local area and local people meet the skills challenges of the 21st century.
Designed by KSS Architects the new Thurrock Campus is being built by Skanska, who built the Heron Tower, the tallest building in the City of London.