Green light for Sheffield’s second UTC

Image of second UTC Sheffield
Image of second UTC Sheffield

Another University Technical College for Sheffield is nearer fruition after planners gave the thumbs up to the project.

Sheffield City Council planners have approved the planning application for UTC 2 Sheffield for Human Sciences and Computing. The college will prepare students aged 14 to 19 for employment in those two key growth sectors.

The UTC project is led by The Sheffield College with Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry as co-sponsors. BAM Construction is due to start work next month on the £10 million facility designed by Bond Bryan Architects.It will open at the Olympic Legacy Park in September 2016 and will eventually take 600 students.

Andrew Cropley, Executive Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at The Sheffield College, said: “This is great news for young people and employers in Sheffield City Region. It marks a significant milestone for this exciting project, which will provide young people with strong career prospects and support regional business growth.”

Coun Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield is leading the way in education with not just one, but two university technical colleges. Not only will this UTC be a huge boost in driving forward our ambition to making sure every young person gets the right training for future jobs across the Sheffield City Region, it also adds to our plans to boost education in the north east of the city, which include a brand new through school on the same site.”

Specialist teaching facilities on the ground and first floors of the four-storey building will support learning across specialisms. They include an activity suite with three-dimensional image capture, a health and development suite, and a range of computing facilities.

Second and third floor terraces, plus a dining space, will offer views of the Olympic Legacy Park, including a community playing pitch for rugby league side Sheffield Eagles, a community basketball arena as home to the Sheffield Sharks, the Oasis Academy, the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and public cycle ways.