Digital Arts Facility, North Kent College
This project will provide a new Performing and Production Digital Arts Facility at North Kent College’s Dartford campus. This will enable the college to maintain and develop its established strengths in performing arts and digital design, respond to growing student demand and contribute to the long-term growth of the creative and cultural sector.
The project will provide a new Performing and Production Digital Arts Facility at North Kent College’s Dartford campus.
Specifically, it will involve the construction of a new, high-quality two-storey building containing 2,836 square metres of educational floorspace, including a performance venue, dance studios, music performance spaces, digital design classrooms and workshops, and a new food court and social zone serving the whole college campus.
The total cost of this project is £14m and will be funded by:
- Getting Building Fund provided through the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) (£12.3 million)
- North Kent College (£1.7 million).
This scheme will support the growth of the creative economy by developing talent and building a skilled workforce.
The scheme aims to:
- consolidate and safeguard North Kent College’s role as a leading centre for digital and performing arts, ensuring that future provision is sustainable and its national reputation for quality is maintained and enhanced
- expand provision to meet rising demand driven both by the reputation of the College and by rapid local population growth
- deliver an enhanced centre for the creative industries that will support the growth of this nationally significant sector and enable strengthened partnerships with employers, higher education providers and other key institutions in the sector.
The decision by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership Accountability Board to grant Getting Building Funding for the North Kent College Production and Digital Performance Facility scheme was made on 20 November 2020.
In June 2020, Local Enterprise Partnerships were invited to put forward projects for the Getting Building Fund. Specifically, Government were looking for shovel-ready capital projects which can be delivered within 18 months.
Nationally, the size of the Getting Building Fund pot totals £900 million.
The overarching objectives of the fund are to drive economic growth, create new jobs and support green recovery. This includes funding to enable:
- town and city centre modernisation through targeted infrastructure investments unleashing their longer-term economic potential
- investment in physical connectivity to improve the functioning of the local economy
- investment in innovation ecosystem including through improvements to research and development facilities driving up business productivity
- improvements to human capital
- improving digital connectivity, in order to support economic performance, particularly in more isolated areas.
SELEP has been successfully allocated £85 million Getting Building Fund. This funding must be spent by 31 March 2022.
The government Growth Deal provides money to the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, funding projects which drive Kent’s economic and business growth.