Performing and Production Digital Arts Facility gets green light at North Kent College – FE News

North Kent College (@NKCollege1) welcomed the announcement that government funding Obtaining the construction fund (GBF) was approved for six other projects in the county late last year. Among the projects approved was that of North Kent College’Performing and Production Digital Arts Installation’ at their Oakfield Lane campus in Dartford, Kent.

The South East Local Enterprise Partnership, which oversees GBF funding, has approved a £12.3m award for the North Kent College project, recognizing the sector’s importance 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. North Kent College’s new training facilities on the Dartford campus will strengthen the creative sector.

Willmott Dixon Construction Limited recently broke ground on the North Kent College project. Adam Worrall, Director, Willmott Dixon London & South region commented: “We are delighted to be working with North Kent College to deliver this first-class arts education center that will provide students with the opportunity to grow for years to come. Being able to deliver this program with a really 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 earmarked for some time and I am delighted that after due diligence they have been approved by SELEP.

“KCC officers have been heavily involved in helping the various applicants build their business cases 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 continuing 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 and production arts will be at the heart of the Thames Estuary production corridor. They will enable the College to maintain and develop its established strengths in 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 involve the construction of a new high-quality two-storey building containing 2,836 m² of educational space, including a performance hall, dance studios, music performance spaces, digital design class and workshops.

David Gleed, Chief Executive and Executive Director, North Kent College, said:

“We are delighted to receive funding for this vital project which will further enhance North Kent College’s exceptional artistic offering. With the arts as 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:

“This is a fantastic project. We are committed to ensuring that the rich and diverse creative sector in the South East – which urgently needs support to combat the effects of the pandemic – is helped in any way 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 is being developed in response to growing demand from students. The expansion of the Dartford campus will not only benefit the creative students of North Kent College, but also the student body and the surrounding region through the creation of over 100 new jobs.

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