DESIGN plans for the new university technical college (UTC) in Portsmouth have been welcomed by parents at a consultation event.
Residents, councillors and potential future pupils were invited to Trafalgar School, in Hilsea, to see designs for the new UTC.
The UTC looks great, the design is fabulous.Nicola Moase
The pre-consultation event was to see what people thought before the final planning application is submitted to Portsmouth City Council later this month.
Parent Nicola Moase, from Copnor, said she was happy with the design.
‘I wanted to come and have a look because my son wants to come here when it opens,’ she said.
‘He is interested in engineering and if this option wasn’t available to him, he would have to study at South Downs College which is a bit far away.
‘This is really nearby and I like that it is local.
‘The UTC looks great, the design is fabulous.’
Mark and Carolyn Edwards agreed. Their son attends Trafalgar School, off London Road, where the UTC will be based, but separate from the school.
Carolyn said: ‘As well as our son coming to this school, we also live locally so are interested in the proposal in terms of impact on the area.
‘With the designs how they are at the moment, it is looking really good.
‘This is another option for our son to consider so we are definitely in support of it.’
Mark added: ‘It is good they are highlighting engineering. It has been put to one side in recent years.’
The UTC will be for students aged 14 to 19 and will offer more hands-on experiences in Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.
It is being supported by Portsmouth City Council, the University of Portsmouth, the Royal Navy, BAE Systems, QinetiQ, Airbus, Pall Europe and Ben Ainslie Racing.
Project manager Fiona Haynes said: ‘We wanted to hold the consultation to give people the chance to give their thoughts before the final planning application is submitted.
‘This is a real opportunity for Portsmouth.’