Ground breaking at Sheffield University Technical College

Wates Construction was selected as the main contractor in May 2012 for the construction of the first University Technical College in Yorkshire, one of only 19 to be set up across the country. The Sheffield site was purchased by the Sheffield Council and the £8.5m college is to be funded by a £9.9m capital fund awarded by the Department of Education.

The facility will provide specialist vocational learning within the engineering and digital sectors in mind. The college will collaborate closely with local businesses to train the region's future workforce including Tata Steel, Boeing and Newburgh Engineering.

To mark official work starting on the UTC and following the receipt of planning permission in August a special ground breaking ceremony was held by Wates Construction and Sheffield College, the project sponsor, on Friday 7th September. They were joined by Master Cutler Pam Liversidge OBE and council leader Julie Dore. Pam Liversidge

Nick Crew, who will be the principal of Sheffield UTC, said: “It is a very exciting time as work commences on this fantastic facility. The UTC will not only make a difference to the education and economic prosperity of people, it will also help to stimulate growth in a number of key sectors across the city region."


The project is due for completion for September 2013.


Key Features:

Designed by HLM Architects, the three-storey building’s key features include:

  • Practical learning provision
  • As well as adjacent new buildings the UTC will include the former Victorian Sydney Works building, which will be    carefully refurbished
  • A five-aside size football pitch on the roof to maximise space at its city centre location
  • A capacity to offer 600 students aged 14 to 19 training in the engineering and digital sectors.


Wates Project team:

Rob Stobo - Project Manager

Peter Meadows - Site Manager

Kieran McCall - Surveyor

James Freeth - Surveyor

Wayne Wilson - Planner

Phil Sykes - Design co-ordinator

Shaun Colley - Construction Manager

Steve Shirley - Commercial Manager