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RG Carter to build Mildenhall Hub after Forest Heath District Council announces £39m contract

The contractor known for renovating Norwich Castle has won a £39million contract to deliver the Mildenhall Hub.

RG Carter has today (Monday, January 14) been announced as builder for the project which will bring a new school, leisure centre and public services under one roof.

Mildenhall College Academy will see their main campus replaced with a new school building on Bury Road.

Norwich Castle refurbishment was handled by RG Carter
Norwich Castle refurbishment was handled by RG Carter

And next to this will be a leisure centre, health centre, council offices, police station, library, health centre and Jobcentre.

James Wilson, director of RG Carter, said he was ‘delighted’ the firm will begin work in the spring on the hub - which is set to open in 2020.

He added: “This will not only benefit the community but will also create substantial investment for the local economy for years to come.”

Eastern-focusing RG Carter has a near-100 year history and 11 offices, including one in Out Westgate, Bury St Edmunds.

The company has recently delivered projects such as Cambourne Leisure Centre, Lincoln’s International Bomber Command Centre and a development at Anglia Ruskin University.

The academy has already been involved in the process when students helped with an archaeological dig which preceded the construction.

Principal Susan Byles said: “The Hub will provide the new school which young people in and around Mildenhall so richly deserve.

“The students will benefit not only from having a better educational setting but also from working with the other hub partners.”

Mildenhall Hub artist impression. Picture: Concertus Design & Property Consultants Ltd.
Mildenhall Hub artist impression. Picture: Concertus Design & Property Consultants Ltd.

The project is being co-funded by Forest Heath District Council, the Department for Education, Suffolk County Council, Academy Transformation Trust, Sport England and Suffolk Police.

Members of these organisation marked the announcement by attending a press event this morning and lined up to praise the deal.

Cllr James Waters, leader of Forest Heath District Council, said: “The Hub represents a unique and wonderful opportunity.

“This is not just for education, leisure and health but for better collaboration between all public services.

“It is also making them more accessible to the public and collectively more resilient to the financial challenges that may come our way.

“It is the blueprint for the future and I can’t wait to see it up and running.”

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