WORK is almost ready to begin on a new multi-million pound college in Sheffield city centre - after the contractor for the job was chosen.
The £8.5 million University Technical College - dedicated to training young people for specialist technical industries - is to be developed on the Porter Brook site on Shoreham Street in the Cultural Industries Quarter. It is set to open in September 2013.
Yorkshire-based Wates Construction has been given the contract to develop the site.
Wates was appointed for its innovative approach to the project, which included a five-a-side size football pitch on the roof of the building.
The three-storey building, designed by HLM Architects, will also restore and incorporate the Victorian Sydney Works building - a historic landmark.
Building work is expected to begin this September, subject to planning approval.
Andrew Cropley, from Sheffield College, lead sponsor of UTC Sheffield, said: “The design for this building is truly innovative.
“It is a prime city centre location and so space is a premium. We were particularly taken with the roof-top multi-use sports pitch, which frees up more vital space for the actual building.”
The college will offer teenagers specialised learning in the engineering and digital sectors and will be supported by Sheffield Council, the city’s universities and businesses.
Coun Julie Dore, council leader, said: “The UTC Sheffield is a great opportunity for employers and young people to work together for the future. It is important Sheffield can offer skills that employers need to bring more high skilled jobs and opportunities for people in our city.”