East Staffordshire Borough Council has completed the sale of the Burton upon Trent Town Hall Annex and car park to the Department of Education to create a new University Technical College (UTC) for 14 to19 year olds in the area.
Now that ownership of the Annex and Car Park has transferred to the UTC, a period of construction will soon be starting on the site which is due to begin in the final week of September at the latest. It will involve a new three storey building being attached to the Town Hall Annex and will take 46-48 weeks to construct. This work will temporarily affect residents’ access to the car park.
In order to build the new University Technical College, part of the Town Hall rear car park, and its access from Waterloo Street, will be closed. Users of the car park will be able to access the remaining spaces via Byrkley Street.
Set to open in September 2015, the UTC will combine core GCSE and A Level subjects with the technical specialisms of Bio-medical Sciences and Design Engineering. The Burton and South Derbyshire UTC, proposed by Burton and South Derbyshire College, is sponsored by Coventry University and key employers, including Nestle, Royal Derby Hospital, Queen’s Hospital Burton, St. George’s Park and FA Learning.
Councillor Dennis Fletcher, Deputy Leader for Built Environment said: “We are delighted that the sale has been completed. A lot of hard work went in to the decision to sell the Annex and car park, but the investment from the Department for Education totals many millions of pounds, and was clearly the best option for the building and surrounding area. It also has provided a capital receipt to the Council, to be reinvested in East Staffordshire. We appreciate that the works around the site may cause some levels of inconvenience to a few people, and for this we apologise”.
Janak Patel, Principal Designate of the UTCadded: “This is a major milestone in the development of Burton’s first UTC. This 14-19 College, opening in September 2015, will provide students with an exciting and unique approach to learning the national curriculum, overlaid by specialist engineering and bio-medical science qualifications, which will support progression into university or the world of work. Related sectors across the East and West Midlands are showing shortages of higher and management level skills in these subject areas and we believe the UTC will bridge that gap. I am incredibly keen to work with all local schools and other education providers, as well as our sponsors, to play an active future role in ensuring that the BSDUTC offers aspiring Engineers or Bio-medical scientists a unique opportunity to fulfil their career aspirations.”
The UTC’s first open day will be at Royal Derby Hospital on the 07th October 2014. For more information on this exciting development go to www.bsdutc.co.uk.