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Space-saving Wates wins Sheffield college deal

24 May 12 Wates Construction is set to start work on a new £8.5m college in Sheffield city centre with a football pitch on the roof.

The £8.5m University Technical College (UTC) is to be built on the Porter Brook site on Shoreham Street, in what the city calls its Cultural Industries Quarter. It is scheduled to open in Sheffield in September 2013.

Building work is expected to begin this September, subject to planning permission and final business case approval.

Wates was appointed for its innovative approach to the project, which included installing a five-aside size football pitch on the roof of the building to save space.

The three-storey building, designed by HLM Architects, will also restore and incorporate the Victorian Sydney Works building, a local historic landmark.

Andrew Cropley, an executive director of lead sponsor The Sheffield College, said: “The design for this building is truly innovative and works sympathetically with what is already on the site. It is a prime city centre location and so as a result space is a premium. We were particularly taken with the roof top multi-use sports pitch, which frees up more vital space for the actual building.”

Wates Construction regional managing director Phil Harrison said: “We have delivered a range of education projects across the country and we look forward to efficiently delivering this iconic building for Sheffield and its young people.” Wates has recently completed the new Campsmount Technology College in nearby Doncaster.

Sheffield UTC will specialise in engineering and digital technology, taking 600 students aged 14 to 19. It will work alongside employers including Firth Rixson, Boeing and Newburgh Engineering.

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