A MAJOR step forward has been taken in the bid to create a University Technical College in Portsmouth.
BAM Construction has been chosen to design and build the £10m facility, specialising in electrical and mechanical engineering and advanced manufacturing.
This is a significant milestone for the UTC Portsmouth.University of Portsmouth Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Hayes
The college project, which is being driven by the University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy and the city council, will accommodate 600 students aged 14 to 19.
They will be able to take academic and vocational courses in science, technology, engineering and maths, alongside the regular national curriculum.
The new building will be on the Trafalgar School campus in Hilsea and teaching facilities will include workshops, laboratories and ICT suites.
University of Portsmouth pro vice-chancellor Professor Paul Hayes welcomed the progress being made over the plans.
He said: ‘This is a significant milestone for the UTC Portsmouth. This is an exciting project that will provide young people with strong career prospects while helping to tackle the skills shortage in the city and region.
‘I’m pleased to be working with BAM Construction to bring us a big step closer to its opening in September 2017.’
BAM is the company behind Park Community School in Havant, Somers Town Central hub and St Mary’s healthcare Campus, in Portsmouth.
Darren Birch, BAM’s framework manager, said: ‘We’ve been extensively involved with developing a variety of education and other buildings on the south coast. We’ve built up an excellent supply chain and a great local knowledge. So we’re delighted to be appointed and look forward to bringing our customary positive attitude to creating UTC Portsmouth.’
City council chief executive David Williams said: ‘Creating a new school for Year 10 to 13 students is exciting: the academic and vocational courses they’ll be able to take will give them great opportunities for future skilled employment.’
Construction is due to start in June this year and finish in late July, 2017.