Blades and Owls footballers were united as they joined Sheffield politicians to ‘top out’ work on Sheffield’s University Technical College.
Players from Sheffield United and Wednesday joined city MPs Paul Blomfield and Nick Clegg, newly-enrolled students, contractors and the college’s principal, Nick Crew.
The topping out event marked completion of the highest point of the £9.9 million building on Matilda Street - what will be a rooftop football pitch.
Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg said: “It’s very exciting to see the college becoming a reality. This is one of the first university technical colleges in the country and is a great example of money well-spent.”
Coun Leigh Brammall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “We are determined to make Sheffield a high skills economy - and this is one way we can help.”
The college, which has a capacity of 600 places, will provide specialist vocational learning alongside an academic curriculum within the engineering, creative and digital sectors.
Some 240 student places are available for the 2013/14 academic term.
Nick Crew, UTC Sheffield Principal, said: “The topping out ceremony marks a significant milestone in getting Yorkshire’s first university technical college off the ground.
“This fantastic building will have the latest facilities for students specialising in creative and digital media, and advanced manufacturing and engineering skills as well as mainstream academic qualifications.
“We are delighted with its progress and the positive response we have received from young people, parents, businesses and the local community.”
The college, which is being built by Wates Group, has been designed by HLM Architects.
As well as the new section of building, it also incorporates the former Victorian Sydney Works building, which is currently being carefully refurbished.
Sheffield Council supported the project by purchasing the site, which is being leased to the UTC for 125 years at a peppercorn rent.
■ Visit www.utcsheffield.org.uk/apply for information on how to apply for places at the college.