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£32m boost for projects across the region

4 Aug 2020 12:45PM

Projects across Suffolk and Norfolk, which will benefit from a £32.1m Government funding boost have been announced today (4 August 2020).

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership announced in early July that it had been awarded £32.1m as part of the Government’s Getting Building Fund, which will help deliver jobs, skills and infrastructure in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Today, the list of projects which will be delivered with the new funding has been announced including a new Integrated Care System Academy at the University of Suffolk.

Professor Helen Langton, Vice-Chancellor at the University said “This funding will catapult the development of an Integrated Care Academy that will be the innovation or incubator space that will enable us to work with partners across the health and social care system to shape and help deliver the desired transformation of care for, and the wellbeing of, the population. We are delighted to announce Dr Mark Shenton has been appointed as Professor of Integrated Care at the University. Dr Shenton’s role will incorporate his front-line practice, Integrated Care System leadership for population health management and his Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chair role so that his research is grounded in local provision and commissioning of healthcare.”

“The new Academy will bring together existing University of Suffolk resources as well as build new capacity and capability, working with partners, in Teaching, Research, Knowledge Partnerships, Consultancy and Facilities. It will enable us to provide a greater number of skilled professionals into our workforce and play our part in the COVID-19 recovery and drive up the skills in our workforce well into the future thus benefiting individuals and our region.”

Other projects set to benefit include the redevelopment of the derelict Burtons building on the Ipswich Waterfront, the creation of an energy sector Operations and Maintenance campus in Great Yarmouth and additional funding for New Anglia LEP’s Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme which offers grants to businesses as they recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Together, the projects will:

  • Create 1,100 new jobs
  • Safeguard more than 2,900 jobs
  • Unlock a further £85m of private and public sector investment
  • Assist more than 500 new learners
  • Deliver more than 1,000 new superfast broadband connections

Under the Government’s criteria, projects had to be deliverable within 18 months and link with the region’s Economic Strategy, Economic Recovery Restart Plan, and the Government’s Recovery Plan. They also need to deliver clear economic outputs, such as jobs, housing, or apprenticeships.

Doug Field, chair of New Anglia LEP, said “These projects will help us deliver on our ambitions to be a fantastic place to live, work and learn. From providing new community facilities and training centres to redeveloping our town centres and supporting our key sectors, the projects will accelerate local growth and support our economic recovery.”

“It shows the Government’s commitment to our area and allows us to work with partners to bring forward key infrastructure projects and help us achieve the goals in the new Economic Recovery Restart Plan and Economic Strategy.”

The full list of approved projects:

  • Redevelopment of Burtons building, Ipswich
  • Redevelopment of Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds
  • Micro generation and storage of electricity on car parks in Babergh and Mid Suffolk
  • Extending full fibre broadband in Suffolk
  • East Suffolk Market Towns project
  • Integrated Care System Academy at the University of Suffolk
  • Great Yarmouth seafront regeneration
  • Development of the Food Innovation Centre, Broadland
  • Operations and Maintenance Campus, Great Yarmouth
  • North Walsham Town Centre Revitalisation
  • Extending ultra-fast broadband infrastructure in Norfolk
  • Enterprise Zone Accelerator Fund
  • Extension to New Anglia LEP’s Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme

Over 300 successful projects in England will receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund, which was announced by the Prime Minister in June, to invest in shovel-ready housing and infrastructure projects, creating jobs and supporting economic recovery across the country.


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