Work set to start on new £10m college at Don Valley

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Work on a new £10m college on the former Don Valley Stadium is set to begin next month after plans were approved.

The University Technical College will be the city’s second - catering for 600 students while specialising in human sciences and computing.

Proposals for the specialist teaching facilities in Attercliffe were given the green light by Sheffield Council’s planners last week and work is to begin in October.

The UTC project is being led by the Sheffield College.

Andrew Cropley, an executive director at the college, said: “This is great news for young people and employers in Sheffield City Region.

“It marks a significant milestone for this exciting project, which will provide young people with strong career prospects and support regional business growth.”

The four-storey college will feature a central atrium while terraces on the higher floors will offer views of the surrounding £55m Olympic Legacy Park which is being developed on the former stadium.

The legacy park is to include

Don Valley, where Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill trained, was controversially closed by Sheffield Council in 2013 despite widespread protests.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “Sheffield is leading the way in education with not just one, but two university technical colleges.

“Not only will this UTC be a huge boost in driving forward our ambition to making sure every young person gets the right training for future jobs across the Sheffield City Region, it also adds to our plans to boost education in the north east of the city, which also include a brand new through school on the same site.”