The East London University Technical College (Elutec) of Design and Engineering is to move from Rainham to the londoneast-uk Business and Technical Park in Dagenham at the end of the summer term 2015.
Around 450 students will move into temporary accommodation at the new SOG-group owned site, while a multimillion-pound purpose-built campus is developed, which will host 600 students by 2017.
The college’s principal, Ruth Umerah, said: “We have reached an agreement with SOG Group to purchase land at londoneast-uk for our new permanent college campus.
“The team has been working tirelessly to find a suitable home after our previous plans fell through, and at londoneast-uk we have the perfect solution. We will also be able to watch as our permanent campus is built.”
Work on the temporary accommodation is under way and will include 22 classrooms, engineering workshops, scientific laboratories, sixth form study spaces, a recreational area, staff room, student dining room, kitchen and toilets. The term begins on 1 September 2015.
The permanent campus will include classrooms, engineering workshops, science laboratories, a sports hall, an exam hall, a pod lecture space with a main reception and forum for exhibiting students’ work. There will also be students’ common rooms, dining areas, a staff room, administration offices and toilets.
John Lewis, managing director of SOG Group, said: “Elutec is a fantastic college with academic subjects which are a perfect fit for londoneast-uk.
"I’m sure the college and students will benefit hugely from working in a live business and technology environment where they will have the opportunity to build relationships with specialist technical firms. Our team are now working flat out to adapt buildings including existing workshops and labs.”
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