A temporary campus for the East London University Technical College (Elutec) has opened at the Londoneast-uk business and technical park – the former Sanofi pharmaceutical production site in Dagenham.
A team of 15 technicians has transformed existing buildings, including workshops and laboratories, fitting them out with machinery and equipment for the start of term in September 2015.
The 4,645sq m campus will provide temporary accommodation for up to 450 students for a year, during which time a multimillion pound purpose-built permanent campus will be created. It will be completed by September 2016 and will house 600 students by 2017.
The site will also feature 22 classrooms, engineering workshops, scientific laboratories, sixth form study spaces, a recreational area, staff room, student dining room, kitchen and toilets.
The site is owned by SOG. Managing director John Lewis said securing a deal with Elutec has enabled Londoneast-uk to be trading profitably in its first year of operation: “The park has made tremendous progress since it was launched in December 2014 and we expect to maintain that momentum,” he said.
Meanwhile work on developing a permanent new campus for Elutec is due to get underway in the autumn and scheduled for completion by September 2016. By 2017, it will house 600 students.
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