College development begins

Work has begun on South Essex College’s Basildon town centre site, with a view to opening in 2018.

The Basildon campus is being relocated from Nethermayne, with preliminary resurfacing works on a section of the Basildon market area set to pave the way for the new college building.

Digital technologies will be the focus of the facility, with the curriculum tailored towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects in particular.

Anthony McGarel, deputy principal and chief executive of the college, said: “We are so happy to have finally started this project. It’ll bring much-needed further education facilities to the heart of Basildon.

“We also hope the new campus will kick-start the regeneration of the town centre; the increase of students in the area will help the town’s economy like our other campuses in Southend and Thurrock have proved.”

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