ISG has secured an £8.4 million build contract, as part of a £10 million investment to deliver a new University Technical College (UTC) in Warrington for the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) – the second phase of the town’s ambitious Stadium Quarter regeneration scheme.
The company is already underway delivering phase one of the £190 million redevelopment master plan – an £8.5 million Business Incubator facility for Warrington Borough Council.
The UTC model is a new concept in educational provision, delivering a technically-oriented curriculum for 14-19 year olds. Warrington’s first UTC will specialise in the engineering and energy sectors, and is supported by key regional employers, including Sellafield Ltd, Atkins, Amec Foster Wheeler, Tenet Consultants and Nuvia, who will both shape the curriculum and provide direct training and career opportunities for students.
Situated adjacent to the Business Incubator, which ISG began constructing towards the end of last year, the six-storey UTC building will provide a striking architectural addition to the local built environment. The steel frame 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 £1 million of specialist engineering equipment, specified in consultation with employers to reflect what the students will experience out in industry.
Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, commented:
“Taking the first two phases of this major urban regeneration project in Warrington is a key achievement for the business. 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.”