THE proposed opening date for a new university technical college (UTC) in the centre of Burton has been announced.
The college, which will be in the annexe at Burton Town Hall and also see a new building created in the adjacent car park, will open its doors in September 2015 according to the parliamentary under secretary of state for schools, John Nash.
The proposals for the site, which will eventually house 600 students, were given the go-ahead earlier this month despite reservations over parking.
Mr Nash, in a letter to Burton's MP Andrew Griffiths, said: "University technical colleges are an important part of our school reforms to improve choice and drive up standards in schools.
"They provide high-quality technical education for young people that choose to follow a more practically orientated education.
"I am therefore delighted that the Burton and South Derbyshire university technical college will open in September 2015 bringing new opportunities for children in the area."
Built as an extension to the historic town hall in the 1930s, the annexe has remained empty since 2011 when East Staffordshire Borough Council relocated to The Maltsters, in Wetmore Road.
BAM Construction Ltd applied to create 3,310m2 of new building, with the backing of a raft of sponsors such as Burton and South Derbyshire College, Coventry University, Nestle, Royal Derby Hospital, The Football Association at St George's Park and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The project is funded through the centrally managed Education Funding Agency (EFA).