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Demolition of Newark Cattle Market to start in coming weeks to pave way for International Air and Space Training Institute, IASTI®

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Contractors are due to start work in the coming weeks on the demolition of Newark Cattle Market, paving the way for the International Air and Space Training Institute (IASTI®) which will train the nation’s future pilots, engineers or ground crew.

A planning application for the IASTI® Newark facility is being prepared by the Lincoln College Group in partnership with the district council.

The hope is that, subject to permission, the new IASTI® Newark buildings will open to students in September 2023.

IASTI artist impression.
IASTI artist impression.

This new educational facility will be the first of its kind, with military and civil aviation partners, including the Royal Air Force, East Midlands Airport and National Space Centre working collectively to get more people working in the aviation and space industries.

Tom Marsden, director of IASTI® Newark, said: “I am delighted that IASTI® Newark is progressing so well.

“We are moving forward with planning permission which we hope will be approved to complete this wonderful story for the residents of Newark.

IASTI artist impression.
IASTI artist impression.

“I look forward to the many years of delivering professional aviation and space education and training to the youngsters of Newark and the wider region.”

Ahead of the cattle market demolition, the area will be made safe and secure with appropriate hoarding erected in preparation for the removal of the old cattle shed buildings.

It is anticipated it will take 12 weeks to remove the buildings to prepare the site for its future use.

Newark IASTI Matriculation Ceremony. (51441506)
Newark IASTI Matriculation Ceremony. (51441506)

A deal has been agreed with a local farming consortium to take the old livestock pens from the current livestock market site to assist them in the set-up of a new facility.

They continue to search for a site to host a new livestock market and have been investigating Newark Showground.

The first intake of IASTI® students began their courses last month in temporary facilities at Newark College.

David Lloyd, co-chairman of Newark Towns Fund Board and leader of the district council, said: “IASTI® Newark will be revolutionary for the district. I’m thrilled that this centre, the first of its kind, is opening right on our doorstep.

Newark IASTI Matriculation Ceremony. (51441509)
Newark IASTI Matriculation Ceremony. (51441509)

“It offers a tremendous opportunity for our children and young people and it’s important to take a step back and acknowledge what an opportunity that actually is. IASTI® Newark will always be known as the first of a national network of IASTI’s® across the UK.

“I look forward to meeting more students walking around the town.

“While it is incredibly sad that, despite our best efforts, Newark’s Cattle Market is no longer operating, I am delighted that we have found a third party who are keen to re-open a cattle market locally. We will continue to work with them and assist wherever possible and direct any possible sites to them.”

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