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31 Jul 2014

UTC Oxfordshire Gets the Go Ahead

Planning approval has just been granted for an £11m University Technical College in Didcot. The new building, which will be located on Great Western Park, is being delivered by ADP and Kier. The College will specialise in life sciences, physical sciences and advanced engineering, initially for students aged 14-17 and eventually expanding for students up to the age of 19. 

University Technical Colleges bring together local universities, colleges of further education, and industry partners to provide specialist secondary education. This project is being led by Activate Learning, working in partnership with industry partners that include Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the MINI Plant Oxford. The University of Reading and Royal Holloway University are the other academic sponsors. 

Work on UTC Oxfordshire starts on site next week, with the college due to open in September 2015. 

This project follows the completion of UTC Reading, which opened in September 2013. The College was also delivered by ADP and Kier working with Activate Learning and was recently announced as a finalist at the London and South East Constructing Excellence Awards 2014.

ADP also designed the Energy Coast UTC in Cumbria, which opens in September.