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New building boost for creative arts at City College Norwich

Posted on March 2nd, 2012

City College Norwich has unveiled plans for a £5.7m purpose built building to provide an inspiring, state-of-the-art centre for all of its students in the creative arts from September 2013.
The planned new building will be sited at the Southern end of the College’s main Ipswich Road campus, on the site of the former West Lodge accommodation block that was demolished last summer.
The new creative arts building will support the College’s vision to deliver outstanding and innovative creative arts provision, with 3 purpose-built floors for:

  • Performing arts rehearsal spaces, for dance, acting, and musical theatre;
  • The digital arts, including interactive media, graphics, animation, media editing suites, a TV studio and music rehearsal and recording studios; and
  • Traditional art and design, fashion and textiles and cultural heritage/craft based programmes.

The College will retain its 250-seat theatre in the Norfolk Building, which is soon to be re-launched under the new name of 'Platform'.  This will remain as the venue for public performances of music, dance, acting and musical theatre shows.

City College Norwich is a founder college of the National Skills Academy Creative & Cultural and the new building will provide a new generation of students with access to industry-standard training facilities, developing the skills needed by employers in the regionally important creative and cultural sector.  
This exciting upgrade to the College’s creative arts facilities has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Skills Funding Agency for one third of the overall cost, with the plans impressing in a competitive bidding process involving over 200 project bids nationally.
As well as providing a vibrant space to stimulate students’ creativity, the new building has been designed to be low-carbon.  The designs meet the BREEAM Excellent standard, with “green” features including natural and mechanical ventilation systems, ground source heating, brown water recycling and solar panels.
In addition to benefiting its students, it is hoped that the new facility will be used and enjoyed by members of the local community through the College’s popular short evening courses in areas such as jewellery making and pattern cutting.     
Dick Palmer, Principal, City College Norwich, said:
“The College is committed to providing 21st Century learning environments for all of our students and this exciting new building will enable us to provide all of our creative arts students with the facilities they need in one place.  This new facility will further enhance the reputation of Norwich as a centre of excellence for creative and cultural skills training, including the College's status as the East of England hub of the National Skills Academy in Creative and Cultural Skills.”       
Jo Pretty, Head of School of Creative & Business Industries, said:

“This new building will provide an inspirational space for the development of creative talent in a much broader way, building on our strengths in developing students’ skills whilst promoting greater interdisciplinary collaboration across course disciplines.  This will help students develop the flexible skills and good working practices demanded by the creative industries which make an important contribution to the UK and local economy.”

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