UTC 2 Sheffield will be built on the Olympic Legacy Park in Don Valley and will specialise in human sciences and computing, two key growth sectors in the region. It will open in September 2016, and hold 600 pupils aged 14 to 19.
The four-storey building will incorporated a central atrium. There will be specialist teaching facilities on the ground and first floors of the building; second and third floor terraces and a dining space on the third level will offer views of the Olympic Legacy Park. The park will include a community playing pitch for rugby league side Sheffield Eagles, a community basketball arena that will be home to the Sheffield Sharks, the Oasis Academy – which is being built by BAM - the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and public cycleways.
UTC 2 Sheffield will source 10% of its energy from renewable sources with Sheffield’s district heating presently being considered.
BAM intends to move most of its Oasis Academy team over to the UTC project and to work with many of the same suppliers, including local firms Sothall Roofing, Brebur, Jumbo Partitions and Smith’s Decorators.
Project Director Paul Cleminson said: “These will be first class facilities for students to learn critical skills that employers in Sheffield will need. We look forward to working with the local community to maximise the benefits of the project.”
Work is due to start on site in October, with the UTC opening September 2016.