BLYTH ENERGY CENTRAL LEARNING HUB

Introduction

Welcome to this consultation page for the exciting new proposals for the Blyth Energy Central Learning Hub. The new learning hub is the first phase of the new Energy Central Campus and will be located at the North Entrance to South Harbour in Blyth.

The proposal seeks to deliver a high-quality and modern building made up of an entrance hall, training rooms and workshops, STEM teaching and conference space and a visitor centre with exhibition space and viewing terrace.

The new Learning Hub will expand and complement the current clean energy training facilities in the existing, adjacent building. This means the port can provide training for more people as well as covering a wider variety of activities and teaching methods.

The Site

Situated at the north entrance to the South Port of Blyth. The proposed location for the building for the new Learning Hub builds upon the success of the existing grouping of the Port Services Training Building, Northumbria University, Northumberland College and the Caboose restaurant.

The site is next to the recently delivered, high profile developments at Commissioner’s Quay with Blyth Workspace and Commissioners Quay Inn, and the popular Ridley Park. Locating the new building at this entrance to the Port will create a highly visible and easily accessible public interface for Energy Central, the Port and the wider cleaner energy industries.

The site is indicated by an orange circle in the image below:

What is Energy Central?

Energy Central is a strategic partnership between Advance Northumberland, Port of Blyth, Northumberland County Council and Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult which seeks to provide leading facilities for clear energy industries.

Energy Central comprises a growing cluster of businesses working across renewable energy, offshore wind, subsea engineering, decommissioning, battery manufacturing and energy store. 

The partnership is also working to bring forward investment sites, support local business growth, enable innovation and attract investment and jobs.

The Proposed Development

The aspiration is to create a new public facing focal point for the Energy Central scheme. The Energy Central Learning Hub (ECLH) will be a new build industrial training, education and skills facility, creating 2,396 sqm (gross internal area) of new learning and skills space. It will incorporate:

– Dedicated space for the provision of vocational training for young people and short modular courses to enable the existing workforce to update / adapt their current skills, aligned to the skills needs of clean energy employers. This will include specialist electrical and mechanical training facilities alongside a digital skills training suite.

– STEM@Energy Central to raise awareness of and engagement in STEM-based careers and deliver STEM activities and education programmes.

– Clean energy exhibition visitor space to showcase clean energy industries and jobs to residents of the North East.

– Conferencing, events space and a lecture theatre to encourage collaboration between employers, education institutions and research facilities.

Please click to view PDF versions of the public consultation boards for the proposed development

Timescales

A planning application for the proposals is due to be submitted shortly and subject to planning approval, works will commence later in 2022.

Have Your Say

We would welcome your thoughts on the proposals ahead of submission of the planning application.

Please submit any comments you may have using the Feedback Form’ below, or by emailing your comments to consultation@dppukltd.com. Alternatively, you can post your comments to:

DPP Planning, Studio 012, Haylofts, St Thomas’ Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4LE.

Please submit your comments by Sunday 27th February 2022.

Once the planning application has been submitted, full details will be available on the Northumberland County Council website and there will be a further opportunity to comment.

We look forward to receiving your comments on the proposed development.

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