December 13 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Bareham, senior reporter
Monday, August 12, 2013
A new flagship university technical college in Norwich providing engineering training for 600 students from across Norfolk could be given the go ahead this week by Norwich City Council.
The Transforming Education in Norfolk (TEN) group is due to hear on Thursday whether its plans, recommended for approval, to convert an enormous disused factory on the outskirts of the city into the Norfolk UTC have been given the green light by the council’s planning committee.
If approved, the college will be based in the 5,400sq m former Connaught factory at Old Hall Road, between Hall Road and Ipswich Road, in Norwich.
The students will be aged between 14 and 19 and will be concentrating on pursuing careers in engineering, energy and manufacturing.
Dick Palmer, chief executive of TEN, said the college will offer three different routes for students, one of which will be for students to study A-levels before going on to degrees in engineering, the second of which will involve studying for the new technical baccalaureate qualification, while the third option is an engineering apprenticeship.
He added: “It will make a huge difference to the education sector because it will have really state-of-the-art industrial engineering facilities as well as conventional classrooms.
“It will have a very flexible workshop environment so we can bring in particular equipment to enable the students to learn and undertake technical challenges.”
He said the college would work with companies within the engineering and energy sectors to enable the students to learn, for example, how to get electricity from wind turbines into the power system.
Plans for the site include a prototype development laboratory, computer-aided design studios and research centres.
The use of the former manufacturing site will be changed, while there will be alterations to the exterior of the building, the erection of bus and cycling facilities and security fencing.