Ambitious plans for a engineering college have been taken to City Hall in a bid to get more backing for the project.

Earlier this year Bexley Council agreed to develop the Place and Making Institute with help from Peabody, and a potential site has now been agreed.

Development,education and construction representatives headed to City Hall on November 1 event to discuss new details about the project.

The proposed location for the Institute is in east Thamesmead, at the centre of one of Europe’s largest regeneration projects. As well as building a possible 20,000 new homes, Peabody will be working to create thousands jobs.

The possible curriculum for the college would include planning, surveying, interior design and architecture, as well as bricklaying and scaffolding.

The proposed site of the Institute is less than a mile away from Bexley’s new Elizabeth Line Station at Abbey Wood, which will benefit from a new fast service to Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow from next year. The Mayor of London has also instructed Transport for London to take forward a new extension of the Docklands Light Railway into Thamesmead, which will further improve access to the Institute.

Councillor Danny Hackett, councillor for Lesnes Abbey Ward and shadow cabinet member for regeneration and growth said: “The proposed development of a Place and Making Institute is exciting news for Thamesmead and Bexley as a whole. I’m delighted that the Council and Peabody are working together on this necessary addition to Thamesmead as we all work together to deliver the wider regeneration project in the interests of local people".