Health Secretary Matt Hancock joins Forest Heath councillors for Mildenhall hub announcement
Construction on the £39million Mildenhall Hub will begin on March 18, it has been announced.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock attended an event today (March 8) to celebrate the project which will put a new school, swimming pool and library under one roof.
The Tory MP for West Suffolk said: “I am delighted construction will soon be under way, it represents a new and better way of delivering integrated services.”
The Hub, which will also contain a health centre, Jobcentre Plus and Citizens Advice Bureau as well as space for Suffolk Police and local councils, is set to open in 2020.
RG Carter, the contractor known for renovating Norwich Castle, has been awarded the contract for its delivery.
It will also see Mildenhall College Academy have their main campus replaced with a new school building on Bury Road.
The school’s principal Susan Byles said: “There are few academies in the country that are purposely designed and built to be at the very centre of a community hub.
“The opportunities that this will bring to the students of Mildenhall are both unique and plentiful.
“Not only will our students learn in a modern, purpose built academy building but they will also have access to other amazing facilities such as a swimming pool and leisure centre.”
The project is recognised as a significant part of the government’s national One Public Estate Programme - a scheme championed by Mr Hancock.
It is being co-funded by Forest Heath District Council, the Department for Education, Suffolk County Council, Academy Transformation Trust, Sport England and Suffolk Police.