Case Study

Education

UTC Warrington

Warrington

Client
UTC Warrington
Location
Warrington
Value
£9m
Contractor
ISG
Start
August 2015
Completion
September 2016
Sector
Education
Form of Contract
JCT 2011
Delivery Type
Design and Build

A new concept in educational provision, the UTC was the first facility of its kind in the town and attracted more students in its first year than any other UTC in the country.

The unique scheme saw the construction of engineering and specialist workshops, a lecture theatre, science laboratories and general teaching spaces for up to 620 students and staff. The resulting six-storey, 5,100 sqm building was also fully fitted out with £1 million of specialist engineering equipment.

Challenging programme

  • The project formed part of the second phase of Warrington’s ambitious Stadium Quarter regeneration scheme, and was strategically important for the council and regional employers.

Sustainability and localism

  • Pre-employment training was delivered in conjunction with Jobcentre Plus and a local training provider.
  • 12 unemployed individuals were given four weeks of work experience to achieve their CSCS cards, subsequently one trainee gained full-time employment on the project.
  • A charity event for 100 people was held on site (raising more than £500 for the local Alzheimer’s Society), with former X-Factor star Paris Graham-Jones performing.
  • The project won a silver Considerate Constructors award.

School engagement and student development

  • Curriculum support activities were delivered to 44 construction

“Throughout construction we had an excellent relationship with the project team. We found them to be professional, collaborative and proactive throughout the project. We are delighted that we now have a sustainable, high-quality building that our students and staff will benefit from for years to come.”  Lee Barber, Principal, UTC Warrington