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Colchester Institute – Groundworks Training Centre


Approval Status


Fully Approved

Delivery Status


LGF Project Delivered

Project Completion Date


Spring 2021

The LGF investment will enable the development of a standalone Groundworks and Scaffolding Training Centre at Colchester Institute.  The funding will allow for site clearance and preparation, design and planning approvals, plant and machinery purchase, signage, modular storage units and secure compound, tools and equipment, scaffolding sets, car park reinstatement, and reconfiguration and upgrade of classrooms adjacent to the site that will create a genuine first class training facility for Essex businesses. The project will develop a fit for purpose training centre replicating site conditions that will introduce new entrants to apprenticeships and upskill workforce teams, addressing concerns raised by local construction companies regarding the poor availability of local training which is impacting on business growth. The project will create self-contained training areas supporting both industry sectors with modular buildings to replicate site conditions. 

Project update

At the Accountability Board meeting on the 14 February 2020 the board agreed to remove the Scaffolding element of this project. The amount of funding was reduced to £50,000. Project outcomes will be commensurate with the lower level of funding, concentrating on site clearance, preparation, design and planning approvals. Self contained areas will continue to be available, to replicate site conditions. 

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.

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Funding value: £50,000
Total Project cost: £150,000
Return to Capital Investment