£25m college plans open for viewing

The public will get their first look at the revised plans for the £25 million redevelopment of the National Norfolk construction training college tomorrow, September 26.

The public will get their first look at the revised plans for the £25 million redevelopment of the National Norfolk construction training college tomorrow, September 26.

The exhibition, which is also open on Saturday, will give the public their first opportunity to view, and give feedback on the plans, which have been revised and modified following rejection of the original planning application.

The £25 million new scheme is expected to take 15 months to complete and work is due to start next year. The project is being supported with more than £17 million funding from the Learning and Skills Council and £4.3 million for the college.

The new plans are aimed at giving the 40-year-old college up-dated facilities to continue providing top quality training and welfare facilities. There will be modern accommodation blocks for learners with the addition of shop and leisure facilities to be shared with staff and the local community. A new swimming pool originally envisaged will not be part of the new scheme.


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The new look for the College, considered the largest specialist construction training provider in Europe, is set to boost the local economy, which already benefits by £25 million a year from the college's activities. The Construction College East is the national hub for the National Skills Academy for Construction and the regional specialist hub for the eastern region and trains more than five thousand learners each year.

Andy Walder, NCC Director said: “We are holding this exhibition so the public can come and view the revised plans, ask any questions they may have about the re-development and let us know what they think before we submit our detailed planning application later this year.”

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t The exhibition will be open at the college tomorrowbetween 12 noon and 8pm and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm. Visitors should report to the main reception office.

A special telephone number has been set up for people who have any queries about the exhibition or who are unable to attend and would like further information. Contact Julie Wooberry on 01485 577 767.

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