Centre for Advanced Engineering, Eastwood
- Capital Investment - Essex, Southend & Thurrock, Growing Places Fund, More than £2m
GPF project delivered
Project Completion Date
South Essex College is the largest further education provider in Essex, with approximately 13,000 learners each year. The Centre for Advanced Engineering centre is at the core of College’s curriculum and estates plans moving forward.
The Centre for Advanced Engineering will provide circa 8,000 square metres (Gross Internal Area) of state of the art advanced automotive, electronic, process engineering and technical construction facilities in new freehold premises.
Capital Programme delivery update
Take a look at our update on the delivery of the Local Growth Fund (LGF) and Growing Places Fund (GPF) capital programmes.
Growing Places Fund
The Growing Places Fund (GPF) was established by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) and the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2011. The aim of this funding is to unlock economic growth, create jobs and ‘kick-start’ house building at stalled development sites.
The GPF was made available to SELEP for investment as a recyclable loan scheme. Loan repayment schedules for each project are agreed within the credit agreement which is put in place at the start of the project. Repayments against these projects are returned to the central pot for reallocation to new projects.
Through the GPF Round 1 awards, a total of £47.459m GPF was awarded to 13 capital infrastructure projects across the South East LEP area. Initial repayments are now being made by some of the Round 1 projects which has allowed funding totalling £9.317m to be awarded to a further 8 projects through GPF Round 2.