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Chelmsford College – New Construction Centre


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


LGF Project Delivered

Project Completion Date


Spring 2023

​The new construction centre will enable the College to provide purpose built accommodation to better prepare learners for employment in the construction sector, specifically in multi-construction.

The project will replace existing temporary buildings to enable a 2-storey framed structure, with a canopy connected to existing buildings which will provide:

  • 2 multi-skilled workshops in new curriculum areas;
  • 2 classrooms and a light craft workshop;
  • Toilets on both floors; and
  • Canopy linked to main building to allow for roofing skills and other outdoor trades.

The objectives of the Project are:

  • to provide cutting edge workshops and facilities to meet the growing demand in construction, trades, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineering, plumbing and electrical;
  • to equip learners with the required skills, to apply new technologies and modern methods of construction to meet the needs of local projects;
  • to ensure the local workforce can upskill to meet the identified requirements of the Success Essex Board and wider SELEP;
  • to support SELEP key priorities in increasing apprenticeships and industry relevant qualifications within construction;
  • to meet the requirements of T Levels and Level 4/5 qualifications within the construction industry;
  • to introduce plumbing/HVAC within Chelmsford College to enable a multi-trade vocational offer;
  • to investigate the feasibility of establishing a AM2 (Electrical qualification assessment) centre at Chelmsford College.

Funding approval

The project was considered by the Accountability Board on 3rd July 2020  and the decision was made to approve the award of LGF funding to the project, subject to:

  • the final third of the 2020/21 LGF allocation being transferred by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) or the Strategic Board prioritising the Project for funding, should only part of the final third of LGF be confirmed by Government and
  • Confirmation of planning permission from Essex County Council

All conditions have been met.

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.

SELEP Capital Investment Programme

£579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock

In total the SELEP Growth Deal with Government has brought £579m of investment to East Sussex, Essex, Kent, Medway, Southend and Thurrock. Over the lifetime of the Growth Deal (2015-2021) we aim to deliver 78,000 jobs and 29,000 homes across the SELEP area, with the Deal set to attract a further £960m of investment into the South East over the six year period.

Find out more here
Funding value: £1,295,200
Total Project cost: £1,889,800
Return to Capital Investment