Energy Coast University, UTC,

Eric Wright Construction has been appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver new education facilities for Energy Coast University Technical College (UTC) on Lillyhall Industrial Estate in Workington

The plans include the construction of new engineering workshops/support spaces, reconfiguration of existing spaces to provide construction workshops/support spaces, external work bays, a replacement sports pitch including a changing pavilion and a new pedestrian crossing to connect the College’s two sites.

The building is designed by architects Cassidy and Ashton and has been passed by Allerdale Borough Council.

UTCs provides academic, practical and technical education for pupils aged 14-19. The new build and modifications will mean students have access to an even wider range of superb facilities on the UTC site.

Developing skills in civil engineering

James Eager, director for Eric Wright Construction, said: “The College, which was originally built by Eric Wright Construction back in 2013, is providing much-needed education and training for young people in Cumbria in collaboration with local employers and we’re excited to be helping them develop their exceptional facilities even further.

“As part of our commitment to the scheme, we have already engaged with the UTC students during the design development stage.

“We will also be providing a live learning environment for some of the students so they can join our construction teams on site and put into practice some of the theory they have studied at the college.

“We have successfully delivered a considerable number of education facilities through the DfE low-value framework and it is always great to see how the students and staff engage with the team while we are on-site through live learning opportunities.”

The Energy Coast UTC principal, Cherry Tingle, added: “These new facilities will really take the student experience to the next level and we are excited to see Eric Wright’s team start on site.

“Their bid submission was really strong on social value and they had some great ideas about how the students could join in and learn in real-time while the work is taking place.”

“We desperately need people with skills in engineering and civil engineering, as well as excellent academic education, and we now have something really great to look forward to. This is really good news for the area and a real boost for west Cumbria.”

Work will start next week with completion expected in early summer of 2022.

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