THE first steps towards the new £7.2 million Technology Centre at the Isle campus were taken on Friday with the groundbreaking ceremony.
It marks the start of construction work on the multi-million build project at the Wisbech campus of the College of West Anglia.
The landmark event saw all the main parties involved in the project come together, namely the college, Cambs County Council, Fenland District Council and contractors Morgan Sindall.
Leading the groundbreaking was college principal David Pomfret, leader of CCC Cllr Nick Clarke and deputy leader of FDC Cllr Chris Seaton.
Mr Pomfret said: “This is the first brand new development at the college for quite a considerable time and it’s quite exciting.”
The project is sponsored by CCC which is contributing £5 million and FDC is contributing £1.5 million. It focuses on the skills required in the big employment sectors across Fenland.
The centre will include state-of-the-art workshop facilities for engineering, motorsports, motor vehicle engineering and electrical and electro-technical programmes. The projected completion date is Easter 2013.
FDC are also excited about the project, particularly after funding for a new campus at March fell through.
Cllr Seaton said: “It’s good to see the project get started in earnest. The partnership between Cambs County Council, Fenland District Council and the college has worked so well and I really want to thank Nick Clarke for his contribution, which has been significant.”
Wisbech Mayor Jonathan Farmer was also at the college to see the groundbreaking and is excited about the prospects for Wisbech.
He said: “This is a wonderful piece of work between the partners to create something that will be of real lasting benefit to the town.”
Cllr Clarke said the council are committed to Wisbech and the new development would bring “real life skills” to the area. He mentioned the 2020 Vision for Wisbech and said work would be starting on that soon so they can “understand what the future of the town will look like”.
“This is a great day,” he said, “but it’s not about us. It’s about the youngsters and what it feels like for them to be here.”