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The £9 million scheme, delivered by Morgan Sindall Construction’s team in Essex, was procured through our version 1 of our Major Works Framework.
Working in partnership with South Essex College, Basildon Council and Homes England, Morgan Sindall Construction’s team delivered the project from the company’s newly opened Essex office. While award winning architect Gibberd provided the design for the new campus.
Located in the heart of Basildon Town Centre, the new college boasts three floors of teaching areas suitable for students to study a rich curriculum of IT, games design and animation courses, as well as break areas and a café, to provide up to 500 students with a contemporary and innovative landscape to learn and relax.
Externally, new landscaping will create a civic square with links to Basildon Railway Station and a number of cycle parking zones, enhancing the vibrant offering of Basildon Town Centre both for cyclists and pedestrians.
Constructed with the community in mind
Due to the campus’ central location, Morgan Sindall’s project team worked closely with neighbours and local businesses and were able to design a bespoke logistics plan, including the use of a dedicated traffic marshal employed from the local area to control the service road for the site, and minimise disruption to the local community.
Morgan Sindall Construction was also able to offer work placements for people under the Women into Construction (WIC) scheme, helping engage women in predominantly male professions, and is working closely with South Essex College to provide more on-site work experience for STEM students across the county.
Chris Travers, Morgan Sindall Construction’s Essex area director, said: “We are delighted to be delivering this innovative new centre for South Essex College, providing students with an enriching environment to continue their academic career.
“The campus will provide young people and adults with courses designed to meet the needs of employers across the region, and teach the skills required for a career in the tech industry.”
Jonathan Parker, national framework manger at Pagabo, added: “After months of hard work, it’s brilliant to see this state-of-the-art facility reach completion and to such a high standard.
“The new technology campus represents one of many projects that we have worked alongside Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver, a partnership that continues to deliver best-in-class spaces – long may this continue.”
Leader of Basildon Council, Cllr Gavin Callaghan said: “This is a significant milestone for the college and the reimagining of Basildon town centre. This new state-of-the-art facility will bring an opportunity for the borough’s young people to equip themselves with the skills that are relevant to local employers.
Angela O’Donoghue, Principal at South Essex College, said: “The building work is finished but now it’s time to get all the equipment, furniture and IT installed. We’re really excited about our upcoming relocation to Basildon, it is going to be great to have a dedicated digital technologies site. We are thankful to our partners Morgan Sindall Construction for delivering this fantastic facility despite the challenges of 2020."
The former South Essex College Basildon campus will be transformed by Homes England into a residential area, providing 725 much needed high quality family homes.
The new facility will open its doors for a virtual open event on 9th of February 2021.
For more information, visit: https://www.southessex.ac.uk/events/south-essex-college-virtual-open-event-centre-for-digital-technologies
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