The decision means that, from September 2014, Norfolk’s 14 to 19 year olds will have an exciting new option to study at the college which will specialise in advanced engineering and energy skills. The UTC is being sponsored by Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN) Group, together with the UEA and employer partners.
There were no objections to the UTC Norfolk planning application, which was approved subject to minor conditions – these include measures to enhance cycle routes, maximise use of the new Anglian bus route between the city centre, City College Norwich, Tuckswood and the UTC, minimising private car use, and agreeing the final colour of the tower.
This 5,400m² building will provide a truly iconic learning environment, featuring huge materials, testing and energy areas, as well as a state of the art R&D Zone, a Design Centre, Business Development and Collaborative Learning Zones, alongside more traditional learning spaces.
UTC Norfolk is already receiving applications and will open its doors to its first cohort of students – in Years 10 and 12 – from September 2014. The UTC will provide its students with a new model of learning bringing together academic and practical skills, with a focus on generating technical solutions to real-world engineering, manufacturing and energy problems.
The exciting plans for UTC Norfolk were part of the wave of UTC proposals given the go-ahead by the Schools Minister in May 2012.
The UTC is backed by employers led by Gardline, Lotus Cars and Future Marine Services and supported by others including Adnams, Aquaterra Energy, Hethel Engineering Centre, May Gurney, Mott MacDonald, National Skills Academy for Manufacturing, New Engineering Foundation (NEF), Norfolk County Council, OPITO, RWE nPower, SEMTA, SCIRA Offshore Energy and Warren Services.
Dick Palmer, Group Chief Executive Officer, Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN) Group, commented:
“This is really exciting news and paves the way for TEN Group and our partners to make a reality of the bold and exciting plans for University Technical College Norfolk.
“UTC Norfolk will provide a learning environment unlike anything we have at present in the County, with specialist facilities developed in conjunction with leading employers in the energy and engineering sectors, to provide industry standard training combined with academic excellence in science, technology, engineering and maths.
“The UTC will provide a flexible, modern and inspiring environment for its students and applications are now being accepted for students to start with the UTC in Years 10 and 12 from September 2014.
“We have done a lot of work on the travel plan to make it as easy as possible for students to get to and from the site, and it was pleasing to have these efforts recognised by the Planning Committee.”