Morgan Sindall Construction has won a £ 12.5 million contract to expand Thomas Telford University Technical College (UTC).
Morgan Sindall has received an order from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Thomas Telford Multi-Academy Trust, which operates the UTC, to expand Thomas Telford University Technical.
The UTC is funded by the DfE with a contribution from the City of Wolverhampton Council.
The expanded UTC will be built alongside the institution’s School of Architecture & the Built Environment (SOABE) and the new National Brownfield Institute, which is currently under development.
The 4,500 m² extension, designed by Associated Architects, includes a three-story teaching building and a separate sports hall with a newly designed and expanded external social room and a multifunctional play area.
The design is in line with the Springfield Conservation Area and features a profiled metal cladding system with a sawtooth pitched roof.
The work will allow the school to increase its intake capacity by 450 additional students, bringing the total capacity to 1,050, while supporting at least 50 additional roles for teaching and supervisory staff.
The expanded sports and activity rooms will make it easier to provide a full secondary academic curriculum so that students ages 11-18 can be taught at UTC.
Students will also explore a range of engineering options in the built environment, including architecture, design, and innovation.
“A national competence center for the built environment”
Thomas Telford University Technical College Rector, Av Gill, said: “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring Wolverhampton a gold standard in education and are delighted to be working with Morgan Sindall Construction as our selected contractor.”
The school’s assistant principal, Simon Maxfield, worked with the DfE’s Building Education Advisory Board to develop the brand new T-Level Qualifications in Design, Surveying and Building Planning, which will be rolled out this September.
Richard Fielding, Area Director at Morgan Sindall Construction added, “The ongoing renaissance of the Springfield site is a perfect example of an educational renewal.
“The campus is quickly developing into a national competence center for the built environment and is the ideal setting for the new T-level building, from which teaching is carried out.
“Expanding facilities to offer a broader curriculum will allow students to consider the school and the rewarding career paths that vocational training can open up from an earlier age.
“It’s been the worst ratio in higher education for too long, but it’s key to addressing skills shortages in multiple industries, not least in construction, while also providing rewarding, skilled careers for the next generation.
“We are incredibly excited to implement this groundbreaking project and look forward to welcoming our first T-Level interns.”
Construction work is currently ongoing and is expected to be completed in August 2022.