Site secured for Engineering and Innovation Centre of Excellence

West Suffolk College
Picture Mark Westley ANL-150826-203410009
West Suffolk College Picture Mark Westley ANL-150826-203410009

A site has been secured for a new Engineering and Innovation Centre of Excellence in Bury St Edmunds.

The West Suffolk College centre, which is being funded with £7 million from the New Anglia LEP, will be based on Western Way at the current global manufacturing base for Vitec Videocom, a leading broadcast equipment business previously known as Vinten.

The 5.5 acre site will be re-developed to offer new and expanded courses in Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and is due to open in September 2018.

Vitec Videocom, which has been based at the Western Way since 1964, is moving the plant and staff to a new site this year.

Mark Pendlington, chairman of the New Anglia LEP said: “What better place to inspire young minds and create an engineering workforce of the future, than this iconic building with a rich heritage in developing the latest innovations in broadcast technology.”

A new innovation hub will also be built at the centre to bring students, businesses and employers together.

Dr Nikos Savvas, Principal of West Suffolk College, said: “West Suffolk College was first established in 1958 to support vital industries such as engineering and technology in East Anglia, supplying them with the highly skilled professionals to grow their businesses.

“Engineering remains one of the most important industries in the East and we are very proud that we will be able to continue this site’s legacy of developing people who will create world-leading technology and innovation.”