Contractors announced for city’s first University Technical College

UTC Sheffield is one of only 18 in the country and is set to open in September 2013.

Work is set to begin on a brand new multi-million pound college in the city centre following the selection of the contractors for the delivery of the building.

The £8.5m University Technical College (UTC) – dedicated to specialist technical industries – is to be developed on the Porter Brook site, Shoreham Street, in the Cultural Industries Quarter.

It is one of only 18 in the country and is set to open in Sheffield in September 2013.

Yorkshire based Wates Construction has been given the prestigious contract to deliver this education facility.

The award winning contractor – which is listed in the Sunday Times top 100 poll of best companies to work for – was appointed for its innovative approach to the project, which included installing a five-aside size football pitch on the roof of the building to save vital space.

The three-storey building, designed by HLM Architects, will also sympathetically restore and incorporate the Victorian Sydney Works building, which is a local historic landmark.

 

Building work is expected to begin this September, subject to planning permission and final business case approval.

”The design for this building is truly innovative and works sympathetically with what is already on the site.”
 Andrew Cropley, The Sheffield College

 Andrew Cropley, an Executive Director of The Sheffield College, which is the lead sponsor of UTC Sheffield, said: “We are delighted that Wates Construction has been awarded the contract and look forward to working with them to help deliver this unique enterprise.

”The design for this building is truly innovative and works sympathetically with what is already on the site.

“It is a prime city centre location and so as a result space is a premium. We were particularly taken with the roof top multi-use sports pitch, which frees up more vital space for the actual building.”

The Sheffield UTC will offer teenagers specialised learning within the engineering and digital sectors.

The college, which is the brain child of Sheffield City Council, will be supported not only by the Council, but also by the city’s universities and businesses.

“The UTC will bring world-class expertise to Sheffield while also bringing in much needed jobs to the area.”
Cllr Julie Dore 

Council leader, Councillor Julie Dore said: “The UTC Sheffield is a great opportunity for employers and young people to work together for the future.

“It is important that Sheffield can offer skills that employers need to bring more high skilled jobs and opportunities for people in our city.

“The UTC will bring world-class expertise to Sheffield while also bringing in much needed jobs to the area. “

Phil Harrison, Wates Construction Managing Director for the North and Midlands, which has recently completed the new Campsmount Technology College in Doncaster, added: “We are very excited to have been selected to work on such a prestigious facility for the city. We have delivered a range of education projects across the country and we look forward to efficiently delivering this iconic building for Sheffield and its young people.”

Chris Liddle, chairman of HLM, said: “In a city with manufacturing at its heart, always striving to balance both academic and technical excellence, we are delighted to be involved with the UTC, promoting both new models of learning and regeneration for the future.”

The Sheffield UTC will work alongside employers including Firth Rixson, Boeing and Newburgh Engineering.

The Government-funded college will educate up to 600 students aged between 14 and 19 in the specialist skills needed by modern businesses, alongside GCSEs including maths and English.

UTCs were set up so students could benefit from the expertise of local business, further education colleges, vocational education experts and universities.

The next step in the process will be to start recruiting students to the UTC. Any one who is interested should email: info@sheffieldutc.co.uk

For more information please contact Emma Hollingworth, Communications, on  0114 205 3547 or 07710 737905. Email emma.hollingworth@sheffield.gov.uk

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