Work starts on £40 million Mildenhall Hub project
A new school moved a step closer as Mildenhall College Academy students dug the first spades of soil on the multi million pound project.
Archaeological work began on Monday for the Mildenhall Hub which plans to bring a secondary school, leisure centre and council offices under one roof.
Susan Byles, Mildenhall College Academy principle, said that she was excited for work £40 million facility to start.
"The students are desperate for a new school. Some of the ones who have been involved in working with the planning stages will have left by the time it actually is built but they are looking forward for it being there for future generations," she said.
"Its high time this part of Suffolk got an educational facility and a community facility that serves the need of its people."
"I have been campaigning for a new school since I became principle in 2009. It has been a hard slog since that point but we are actually now going to get it built which is brilliant."
It is expected to be complete by 2020 with construction to begin once archaeological work has ended.
The Hub will also house a health centre, library, pre-school, an adult learning space, Citizens' Advice Bureau, Job Centre, police, and council offices for Suffolk County Council and West Suffolk Council.
James Waters, leader of Forest Heath District Council and deputy leader of West Suffolk, said that work was 'long overdue'.
"The buildings that we have dotted around the town now are not all fit for purpose and they would all need substantial investment to stay open.
"The Hub will deliver services that are more accessible for the majority of our residents. Sharing such a facility will also mean that public services will be cheaper to run and therefore more sustainable against the future financial challenges that we may all face."