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Community learning centre officially opens

Posted: 28/01/2007 17:12:35

A state-of-the-art community learning centre, which aims to boost income generation and enterprise in Attleborough, celebrates its official opening on Tuesday (JAN30).

Norfolk County Council Chairman Patrick Hacon will be among the special guests invited to the official opening of the Attleborough Learning Centre, which opened its doors to businesses and the public in November 2006.

Norfolk County Council's Adult Education Service in partnership with Breckland Council, secured central government, European and EEDA funding (£1.8 million), to create this eco-friendly building, which offers adult education classes and facilities for business conferences and social events.

Cllr Patrick Hacon, who will be opening the ceremony at 3.30pm, said the centre not only acted as a local learning hub, but provided a vital focus for businesses, creating opportunities to boost income generation and enterprise, in and around Attleborough.

He said: "Attleborough has the potential to develop its role and contribute to the growth of the county. Development along the A11 corridor and the rail link to Cambridge and Norwich place it in a splendid position to attract interest county-wide and from the neighbouring counties or Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

"The centre can contribute positively to this development and support Attleborough to achieve its goals."

Standing at the junction of Church Street and Norwich Road, the centre features a crèche (due to open in April) and an open atrium area, as well as a range of classrooms and function rooms, all of which are available for hire.

Built by Bluestone plc and designed by NPS Property Consultants Ltd, the centre aims to encourage use of the premises by the people and businesses of Attleborough, the surrounding parishes and beyond.

Cllr John Gretton, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, said: "Eighteen months ago I had the privilege of performing the ground-breaking ceremony for the start of the building work, and I am delighted to hear how popular the facility is proving with the people of Attleborough and district. The learning centre is a jewel in the crown not only for the town but for Norfolk's adult education service as a whole."

It is hoped that local businesses will see the centre as a venue for meetings, training and presentations - the three conference rooms can combine into one, for bigger events. There's also a “comfy” classroom for more informal meetings and additional rooms for syndicate use.

Gilly Plumb, Partnership and Enterprise Officer at the centre, said: "We're delighted with how popular the centre has proved to be, so far, both with learners and local businesses. Most bookings have been word-of-mouth, and many have been repeat bookings, which is the best recommendation of all.

"Not only are we very proud of the excellent facilities we have available here, but of the extraordinarily competitive rate we are able to offer them at. As a result, we hope bookings will go from strength to strength."

The Adult Education Service has been working closely with Attleborough High School, (which has specialist technology status) and the new centre offers CISCO systems network training to both individuals and businesses. A representative from Breckland Council is at the centre two days a week offering a valuable service and answering enquiries from the public about local services.

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