Launch of £10.4m UTC@MediaCityUK delayed by a year

The building of the University Technical College (UTC), a £10.4m specialist creative and digital college at MediaCityUK, has been delayed by a year.

The 6,200sqm specialist digital and creative college, to be sited on the junction of South Langworthy Road and Broadway, is aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds.

An architect's impression of the UTC@MediaCityUK

An architect’s impression of the UTC@MediaCityUK

It had been due to open in September, with BAM Construction handling the design and build of the four-storey building.

However, a statement from the UTC’s trustees today revealed that the project has been put back.

It said: “Due to a delay in permit approvals, construction of the UTC buildings began much later than originally planned. Despite great efforts by all parties, including our construction partner BAM, we have been unable to make-up the time caused by this delay and have taken the difficult decision to defer the opening until September 2015.

“Our first priority will always be to our students, and to the long-term shared vision that led us to create the UTC in the first instance. It has not been possible to identify alternative temporary accommodation that was of a standard suitable to meet the needs of the curriculum, transport and safe-guarding of students.

“We remain extremely excited and totally committed to the vision, the facilities and curriculum that UTC@MediaCityUK will offer our students and very much look forward to our opening in September 2015.”

The project is funded by the Department for Education and sponsored by The Aldridge Foundation, The University of Salford, Salford City College and The Lowry and further support comes from local businesses.

The UTC’s trustees include a representative from each of the University of Salford, Salford City College, the Aldridge Foundation and the Lowry.

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