The college, which will become the first UTC in Yorkshire and one of only 18 across the UK, will have a capacity for 600 students aged 14 to 19 years. The facility will provide specialist vocational learning within the engineering and digital sectors.
Wates was appointed main contractor for the project in May this year. Planning permission was granted in August and the project is due for completion before September 2013.
The three-storey building has been designed by HLM Architects and features a five-aside size football pitch on the roof to maximise space at its city centre location.
Wates regional managing director Phil Harrison said: “We have pooled our extensive knowledge and experience in education to develop, alongside our architects HLM, a groundbreaking centre of innovation that puts Yorkshire once again at the very front of original thinking. From the outset of this project we will fulfil our commitment to providing a raft of local training opportunities, which will significantly underpin the UTC’s ethos of developing the skills of the city’s young people.”