Creative Foundations

Building an education

Supporting the build of a creative arts centre at City College Norwich

Established in 1891, City College Norwich is a leading college of further and higher education with around 14,000 students and more than 640 staff.  Rated as Good by Ofsted in March 2013, the College is a founder member of the National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural, and is a recipient of the prestigious Artsmark Gold from Arts Council England.

The development of this purpose built centre of excellence reflects our commitment to nurture creative talent and further enhance Norfolk’s reputation as a key hub for the arts and cultural skills.

Corrienne Peasgood, Principal, City College Norwich

Keeping up appearances

To better reflect the College’s commitment to nurture creative talent and enhance Norfolk’s reputation as a key hub for the arts and cultural skills, a new purpose built arts centre of excellence was needed.

With Lloyds Bank’s support, the build of the new £5.7million arts centre completed in 2013. The centre features three purpose-built floors, each dedicated to different areas of the creative, performing and digital arts.

Completing the build

As well as providing a vibrant space to stimulate students’ creativity, the new building is of low-carbon design and reflects the appearance of a traditional Norfolk barn. It also meets the BREEAM Excellent standard, and boasts key environmental features such as natural and mechanical ventilation systems, ground source heating, brown water recycling and solar panels.

Understanding education

Randall Dawson is part of Lloyds Bank’s specialist education team in East Anglia and provides ‘on the ground’ support and guidance to City College Norwich.

Randall comments: “This considerable investment and upgrade of educational facilities will not only benefit future employees and employers on a local level in Norwich but also right across the UK.”


Lloyds Bank has been instrumental in providing financial support for our creative arts building project, they understand the specialist banking requirements of a large further education college.

Corrienne Peasgood, Principal, City College Norwich

Understanding education

Developing skills

Further education colleges have an important role in the UK’s mid-market business arena, essentially acting as a core skills provider to a raft of businesses that are so crucial for future economic development.

Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking recognises that education is an important sector to the economy as a whole, and it committed to equipping its relationship teams with the specialist skills required to help customers in the sector.


Our track record and expertise in the requirements of educational institutions means we’re well placed to provide valuable funding for education development and refurbishment projects across the UK.

Randall Dawson, Relationship Manager, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking