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Steel kick-starts Warrington regeneration scheme

Warrington150910A steel-framed £8.4M college project is due to start shortly as part of Warrington’s Stadium Quarter second phase.

Main contractor ISG has secured the contract to build the new University Technical College (UTC) in Warrington for the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). The steelwork contract for the project has yet to be awarded.

The UTC is part of a new concept in educational provision, delivering a technically-oriented curriculum for 14-19 year olds.

This will be Warrington’s first UTC, and it will specialise in the engineering and energy sectors, and is supported by key regional employers, including Sellafield, Atkins, Amec Foster Wheeler, Tenet Consultants and Nuvia, who will both shape the curriculum and provide direct training and career opportunities for students.

The six-storey UTC building will provide a striking architectural addition to the local built environment. The steel-framed structure features majority rain screen cladding to its façade, with a series of non-uniform windows a key element of the design by local architect’s practice Ellis Williams.

The new UTC comprises a series of workshops, a lecture theatre, laboratory and teaching space for up to 640 students and staff. The building will house around £1M of specialist engineering equipment, specified in consultation with employers to reflect what the students will experience in industry.

ISG Northern Regional Managing Director Danny Murray said: “This ambitious redevelopment will deliver a positive and long-term legacy for Warrington, with exceptional new facilities attracting the very brightest young people, entrepreneurs and major employers to the area – delivering important benefits to both the local community and the wider economy.”

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