Brighton Metropolitan College (the MET) has been awarded £5 million of Local Growth Funding by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to redevelop its city-centre campus on Pelham Street. The funding will allow the MET to build a new Centre for Creative and Digital Industries that will train the next generation of creative and digital workers.
The £5 million LEP grant will be matched by a significant College investment generated primarily through the disposal of land on the East of Pelham Street creating a £16 million redevelopment fund. The Centre will be housed in a new 2,700m2 state-of-the-art facility integrated into Pelham Tower which will be substantially refurbished. The new and refurbished buildings will create cutting-edge teaching facilities located in the heart of the Brighton’s creative, digital and IT cluster.
The digital sector is booming in the city and already contributes a £1 billion per annum to the Greater Brighton economy. Brighton has the highest density of digital companies in the country and the highest number of start-up companies outside of London. This project will aim to address longstanding and well-documented skills shortages in the area by giving local employers access to a pipeline of talent and graduates with the skills they need to help their businesses thrive in the future.
Nick Juba, MET Chief Executive said:
“Brighton MET is on the up. Earlier this year we opened a brand new £10m Construction and Trades Centre in East Brighton and this new investment in our city-centre campus is further evidence of our commitment to providing outstanding technical and professional education for everyone in our community. We’re serious about ensuring our students get the skills and experience they need for successful careers in the creative and digital sectors, and our new state-of-art facilities will provide a perfect environment to make this happen.”
Jonathan Sharrock, Coast to Capital Chief Executive said:
“The Pelham Campus redevelopment is a fantastic project which we are thrilled to be a part of. Addressing the skills gap in the region is vital to its continued success and improvements to the college will give students in Brighton and the surrounding areas the technical training they need to join the advanced digital workforce. We look forward to working with Brighton MET as the project progresses.”