BAM Construction has won a £10.4m contract to design and build Salford’s new University Technical College (UTC) at MediaCityUK.
Architect IBI Taylor Young is working on designs for the college, which is being funded by the Education Funding Agency and sponsored by the Aldridge Foundation, the University of Salford, Salford City College and The Lowry. A public consultation on the proposal ends this week.
The 6,200 sq m building, work on which could start later this year if planning permission is granted, will include TV and radio studios, and interactive media and gaming studios, creating an ICT-rich learning environment designed to give students a broad range of technical media skills and hands-on experience.
Sited at the junction of South Langworthy Road and Broadway, the four-storey college aims to complement the architectural style of MediaCityUK.
It will feature four distinctive outdoor learning zones – an arrival space at the front, an ‘urban’ teaching area, a ‘wildlife’ garden space next to the studio ‘black box’, and an informal teaching area to the rear.
BAM Construction’s bid manager Adrian Blackie said: “[email protected] is a fantastic and exciting project to be involved with due to the specific areas of specialisation it will offer.”
UTC project manager Abigail Williams said: “[email protected] will provide outstanding opportunities for young people to develop skills in the digital and media industries and we believe that this new college will deliver the right facilities and environment to foster our students’ ambitions”.
Other contractors involved in the project include civil and structural engineers Curtins, building services consultant Ramboll, landscape architect Planit IE and interior designer Space Zero.