Digital arts installation for show and production gets green light at North Kent College – FE News


North Kent College (@ NKCollege1) welcomed the news that government funding Obtain a construction fund (GBF) was approved for six more projects in the county late last year. Among the projects approved was that of North Kent CollegeInstallation of digital performing and production arts’ at their Oakfield Lane campus in Dartford, Kent.

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership, which oversees GBF funding, has approved the £ 12.3million allocation for the North Kent College project, recognizing the importance of the sector to the local economy. The project will contribute to the government’s Build Back Better initiative to help the economy recover and is expected to be delivered within 18 months. The new training facilities at North Kent College on the Dartford campus will strengthen the creative sector.

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited recently opened the project at North Kent College. Adam Worrall, Director, Willmott Dixon London & South region commented: “We are delighted to be working with College of North Kent to provide this first-class arts education center that will provide students with the opportunity to develop for years to come. Being able to implement this program with a truly focused team of clients and consultants is great for the college, but also for the Kent economy and the local supply chain.

KCC chief Roger Gough said:

“Funding for these six projects had been restricted for some time and I am delighted that after due diligence they were approved by SELEP.

“The KCC agents were very involved in helping the various applicants to build their business case and I am delighted that their efforts resulted in the confirmation of the grants.

“These projects will help Kent’s economy recover as we try to cope with the lingering effects of the Covid pandemic.”

The new construction of North Kent College will ensure that the provision of state-of-the-art training facilities for the performing arts and production is at the heart of the Thames Estuary production corridor. They will allow the College to maintain and develop its established strengths in the performing arts and digital design, meet growing student demand, and contribute to the long-term growth of the creative and cultural sector. Specifically, it will be the construction of a new high-quality two-storey building containing 2,836 m² of educational space, including an auditorium, dance studios, musical performance spaces, classrooms. and digital design workshops.

David Gleed, CEO and CEO of North Kent College, said:

“We are delighted to receive funding for this vital project which will further enhance the exceptional artistic offering at North Kent College. With the arts a key focus for Kent and the Thames Gateway, this development ensures that we remain at the forefront of education and training to produce the best future arts professionals. We are especially grateful to both SELEP and Cllr Roger Gough and his colleagues at KCC for their continued support and support.

SELEP President Christian Brodie said:

“It’s a fantastic project. We are committed to ensuring that the rich and diverse creative sector in the South East – which is in urgent need of support to combat the effects of the pandemic – is helped as much as possible, to survive the current crisis.

“This center for digital performing and production arts will create a hub for this vital industry in the heart of the South East and will grow in response to growing demand from students. The expansion of the Dartford campus will benefit not only the creative students of North Kent College, but also all students and the surrounding region with the creation of more than 100 new jobs.

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