City Hall hears plans for ‘world leading’ construction, design and engineering college in Thamesmead

PUBLISHED: 16:29 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:47 06 November 2017

Artist's impression of the Place and Making Institute proposed for Thamesmead

Artist's impression of the Place and Making Institute proposed for Thamesmead


Bexley council and Peabody are developing plans for the Place and Making Institute

A landmark institute that would aim to provide training to budding engineers, designers and construction workers were put to potential partners yesterday (Wednesday).

Bexley council has been working together with London South East Colleges and housing group Peabody to create the Place and Making Institute.

Leading representatives from the world of construction, design, education and property all gathered at City Hall yesterday to hear about the plans, billed as a “world leading learning, research, innovation, and enterprise campus built with the highest standards in place-making and design” by Bexley council.

Early plans for the college suggest it could be built behind the Harris Garrard Academy on Yarnton Way, given its location close to the ongoing development of Thamesmead, and the nearby Abbey Wood station - set to welcome the Elizabeth Line in December 2018.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: “We know that housing is a problem, we have the opportunity to deliver some of that vital housing for London and the south east through our growth proposals.

“But to be able to deliver that, we need people with the right skills and we therefore feel that to create a place and making institute would bring about and fill some of the gaps in training and recruitment that are necessary to deliver a stable community.

“The Place and Making Institute would bring about the skills and training not only for own local people but also for people across the south east it will go designing really good communities for the future it’s not just about Bexley we want to be part of delivering the solution and we therefore believe that Thamesmead is the right place for a Place and Making Institute.”

Council plans suggest the institute will aim to include a number of universities, a further education college and an academy for 16-19-year-olds complemented by other specialist training providers, possibly trade guilds or professional institutes, and in-house training for specific employers.

Danny Hackett, Lesnes Abbey war councillor and shadow cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “The proposed development of a Place and Making Institute is exciting news for Thamesmead and Bexley as a whole. I’m delighted that the council and Peabody are working together on this necessary addition to Thamesmead as we all work together to deliver the wider regeneration project in the interests of local people”.

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