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City College principal, Corrienne Peasgood, with the first shovelful of earth dug at the site of the new creative arts building. With her are, Michael Graham, left, executive chairman of Graham Construction, and Dick Palmer, college chief executive. Picture: Denise Bradley
Monday, October 8, 2012
Work has started on a new £5.7m creative and performing arts building at City College Norwich.
The building, which will become the first new build on the Ipswich Road campus since 1998, will support the college’s vision to deliver outstanding and innovative creative arts training.
Designed by architects BDP in a Norfolk barn style, it will feature three purpose-built floors dedicated to different areas of the creative, performing and digital arts.
There will be performing arts rehearsal spaces, a TV studio, music recording studios and interactive media, graphics, animation and media editing suites.
There will also be space for traditional art and design, fashion and textiles and craft-based programmes.
Principal Corrienne Peasgood was joined by college staff, students and governors, and representatives from Graham construction firm, as a special ceremony to mark the start of building work was held this morning.
Ms Peasgood said: “The start of work on our new creative arts building is a really exciting milestone for students and teaching staff alike.
“This impressive new building will provide a flexible and inspiring 21st century learning environment, promoting collaborative working and the multi-disciplinary skills demanded by the creative industries which make an important contribution to the local and regional economy.” As well as providing a vibrant space to stimulate students’ creativity, the new building has been designed to be low-carbon.
Its design meets the BREEAM Excellent standard, with “green” features including natural and mechanical ventilation systems, ground source heating, brown water recycling and solar panels.
The college received a grant from the Skills Funding Agency for one third of the £5.7m cost.
The building, being built by Graham construction, is planned to be completed in less than a year.
It is due to open its doors to students in September 2013.
Follow the building work online via a live web cam at www.ccn.ac.uk/creative-arts-building-cam.