Artist impression of Energy Central Campus. The facility in Blyth which will create opportunities for thousands of young people and adults interested in working in the clean energy sector

Green light for major training and education hub in Blyth

A new £11million facility in Blyth which will create opportunities for thousands of young people and adults interested in working in the clean energy sector has been granted planning permission. 
The Energy Central Learning Hub will provide a range of state-of-the-art industrial training, education and STEM-related skills facilities, with construction set to start in October 2022 at Port of Blyth and due to be completed in winter 2023.  The new 2,396sqm Hub will include major conferencing capabilities, events space, and a lecture theatre to encourage collaboration between employers, education institutions and research facilities. 
This flagship facility will further strengthen the area’s leading role in driving the clean energy revolution. 
Part of the £70 million Energising Blyth Programme, the project is funded by Northumberland County Council, HM Government Towns Fund and the North of Tyne Combined Authority. 
The project is a key part of the Energy Central Partnership offer to investors in Blyth which aims to secure inward investment, support local growth, especially through the supply chain, enable innovation and increase job opportunities in the clean energy and offshore wind sector.  The Partnership includes Northumberland County Council, Port of Blyth, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Advance Northumberland. 
The Energy Central Learning Hub builds upon the success of the existing industrial training cluster significantly expanding and adding to the offer of the Port Training Centre and STEM Hub alongside Newcastle University, Northumberland College, the Caboose restaurant and the Tall Ship Project.   
The project will also add to the exciting offer to investors, businesses and the community on Blyth Quayside next to the recently delivered, high profile developments at Commissioner’s Quay including the Blyth Workspace, Commissioners Quay Inn, new housing and the ever-popular Ridley Park. 
The first stage will involve the demolition of three existing buildings at the South Harbour entrance of the port before starting the new build. The buildings will be removed using a soft demolition technique, meaning noise, vibration and general disruption to residents, businesses, and wildlife, will be kept to a minimum by removing the buildings brick by brick.  
This is phase one of Energy Central Campus with a further phase planned in the town centre.  Phase two, The Energy Central Institute, is yet to be submitted for planning approval but the proposed project will focus on higher level skills, research and innovation in support of clean energy sector growth. 
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