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PUBLISHED: 15:46 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:34 12 August 2010

CONSTRUCTION is about to begin on a state-of-the-art new college building which will be part of a £9 billion regeneration project.

CONSTRUCTION is about to begin on a state-of-the-art new college building which will be part of a £9 billion regeneration project.

Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, currently based in Chislehurst, will move to the heart of the regenerated Greenwich Peninsula.

Work on the building is due to start this month at the site, where 10,000 units for homes, shops, pubs restaurants, schools, cinemas and public parks are to be constructed.

The college should be completed in time for the 2010/11 academic year.

Director of Ravensbourne College, Professor Robin Baker, said: "We are incredibly excited that after many years of planning, construction work is now starting and our new building will soon be realised.

"We want to offer our students the very best learning environment so that they stand head and shoulders above their peers when entering professional practice.

"The design of our new building, together with its exciting location on the Greenwich Peninsula, will provide the best possible setting for this educational model to flourish."

An event held at the O2 arena celebrated the new college and was attended by Housing Minister Ian Wright.

Speaking at the event on March 18, Mr Wright said: "We are investing more than £9 billion across the Thames Gateway, and it is exciting to see projects like Ravensbourne College becoming a reality.

"Over the next decade, it is estimated 24,000 new jobs will be created in the Greenwich Peninsula, and Ravensbourne College will be at the forefront of helping drive forward this regeneration."

Leader of Greenwich council, Chris Roberts, said: "The Peninsula is one of the key strategic sites in Greenwich council's plans to regenerate the western end of the Thames Gateway. A masterplan for its development has seen the creation of a new mixed use district, generating major new training, employment and business opportunities for Greenwich.

"Over the next 15 years the Peninsula will be transformed into a thriving community and the college will play an important part of this transformation.

"The regeneration and rebuilding of the area will help to improve the life chances, opportunities and aspirations of local people.

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