A viewing gallery has opened to enable visitors to the UTC Norfolk, at Yarefield Park, Old Hall Road in Norwich, to see the impressive facility taking shape for themselves and to get a feel for how the UTC will look when it is complete.
Visitors will be able to see the 5,400m² building from the first floor area that is set to become classrooms and labs for specialist teaching in subjects including 3D and Computer Aided Design and concept modelling.
This area will also include computer suites, independent study space, a dining area and an Employers’ Lounge where students will meet with businesses and learn more about the opportunities in the energy and advanced engineering sectors, which are the UTC’s specialisms.
The remaining half of the building will be devoted to technical learning, with students developing their skills in disciplines such as electrical and electronic engineering, materials and engineering science, as well as through hands-on Technical Challenges that have been designed with the UTC’s employer partners – led by Lotus Cars, Future Marine Services and Gardline.
The £10m building conversion, which is being carried out by Kier, is well underway and is on schedule for UTC Norfolk to open its doors to its first cohort of students in September this year. Students at the UTC Norfolk will benefit from an investment of £1.3m in specialist engineering and scientiﬁc equipment that will provide them with unique learning opportunities.
Alex Hayes, Principal, University Technical College Norfolk, said:
“We have been delighted with the levels of interest from young people in attending University Technical College Norfolk, and we are really pleased to now be able to show them inside the UTC for the first time.
“Our applicants are really enthusiastic about the UTC’s curriculum offer which will provide a solid grounding in science, technology, engineering and maths, coupled with exciting opportunities to apply their skills through practical learning and Technical Challenges developed with employers.
“This is going to be an amazing facility which will enable our students to combine academic, practical and technical learning, preparing them for employment or for higher education.
“’If demand continues at this pace, we are not going to have places left for long!”
Applicants, prospective students and parents who would like to book an appointment to visit the UTC Norfolk viewing gallery can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Appointment to view’ in the subject header.