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Saturday, 28 February 2015

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Builders appointed for £10m technical college in west Cumbria

Contractors have been appointed for Lillyhall’s £10 million University Technical College.

Lillyhall UTC photo
Rob Rimmer, right, with architect Joe Morgan, left and John Wilson, of Eric Wright Construction

Eric Wright Construction will build the new education facility on land next to the Energus building, off Blackwood Road.

Work will start on the site in October in time for the centre’s opening in September next year.

The plans, which are currently awaiting approval from Allerdale council, will see a 35,000 sq ft development over two floors with outdoor space and sports pitches.

A cycleway and footpath will connect the technical college and Lakes College, in Hallwood Road, one of the project’s sponsors. Rob Rimmer, director of Britain’s Energy Coast Campus, who is leading the project, said the centre will offer technical and academic education for students interested in energy, engineering and construction.

He said: “The technical college’s aim is to offer energy-related education designed specifically for and by local industry companies.

“The students will spend 40 per cent of their time in workshops learning relevant skills consistent to the industry.

“It is fantastic to have Eric Wright Construction on-board and to help bring this project to fruition.”

Its location means students will be able to use facilities at Gen II Training, Lakes College, the University of Cumbria based in Energus, and Britain’s Energy Coast Construction Skills Centre. John Wilson, managing director of Eric Wright Construction Ltd said: “This is a prestigious contract to build the first technical college in Cumbria.

“Working with the project sponsors and the Education Funding Authority, our design team of ADP Architects and Cundalls, we have provided an innovative, energy efficient learning environment for the young people of Cumbria.”

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