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Date added: 04 February 2013

10m Swindon UTC On Its Way 

Surveyors get started on University Technical College conversion of old GWR school
 
The job of converting a former GWR School into Swindon's first University Technical College [UTC] has started apace.
 
Swindon UTC surveying
Following the news of the flagship 10 million UTC last week, surveyors were out today on location doing the crucial groundwork before the builders move in.
 
The chosen site is a former GWR School (more recently small industrial units) off Bristol Street, in the heart of what was the Swindon Works.

The University Technical College is a relatively new concept and is aimed at providing a focused, employer-led engineering & technical education to students aged between 14-19 designed for work-readiness.
 
The college is being primarily sponsored by Oxford Brookes University and Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, and backed by big local businesses such as Honda, BMW, Halcrow, Nationwide, Npower & the MOD.
 
The UTC is planned to open in September 2014.
 
Preserved

The team behind the conversion intend to incorporate the use of the old school building, mill & fire station as part of the new college (see visualisation below). The former water tower, one of Swindon's best know landmarks, will also remain as a reminder of the site's history.
 
Swindon University Technical College
 
Swindon UTC
 
Swindon UTC
 
Swindon Water Tower
 
Swindon GWR School
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