Plans ‘state of the art’ technology hub

Plans have been released for a new state of the art, digital technology hub in Basildon.
The planned developments include a new site for South Essex College in Basildon Town

Centre and its technical facility in Stephenson Road, Southend.
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.

The relocation of the 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.

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.

Skills

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.”

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