The BTE Academy is the first university technical college (UTC) in the southwest and will provide facilities for 440 students. It is supported by both City of Bristol College and the University of the West of England, and has employer links with Rolls Royce, Airbus and GKN.
Willmott Dixon will demolish the old Filton High School in Stoke Gifford, Bristol, and build the new UTC, completing in time for the start of the next school year in September 2013.
The college will have large workshops for vocational project work as well as smaller classrooms, laboratory areas and indoor sports facilities. Outside, there will be a multi-use sports area and parkland for ecological studies. Willmott Dixon will also install 200 square meters of photovoltaic panelling to boost the energy efficiency of the building.
Willmott Dixon won the contract through the Scape framework.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on site last month.