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SLIDESHOW - new images reveal first look at tech college plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 21, 2014

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NEW images detailing the transformation of a landmark building into a university technical college (UTC) have finally been revealed.

Burton’s town hall extension will be remodelled and refurbished and a three storey link building built, specialising in engineering and bio-medical sciences, for up to 600 pupils aged between 14 and 18-years-old.

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.

Now, BAM Construction Ltd has applied to the council to create 3,310m2 of new building, with the backing of sponsors 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).

The deal includes the loss of 52 car parking spaces and the creation of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA).

Kirstie Clifton, of Define, agents acting on behalf of the applicant, said in the design statement: “The proposed project envisages the creation of a new facility that will offer the young people of Burton and South Derbyshire a transformational educational experience furthering pathways into Further Education, University or work.

“Learning will be centred around a hands-on, project based approach, bringing the subjects to life and ensuring that students develop real life work-based skills.”

The plans include state of the art engineering and bio-science laboratories, and new external social and sports and a roof terrace.

The UTC is scheduled to open in September 2015.

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