West Midlands construction college moves a step closer

A former brewery site in the city is to be transformed into a hub for construction education in the city. The University of Wolverhampton is in negotiations to buy the former Springfield Brewery site in the city centre in a deal that will unlock £70m investment in the sitePlans for the West Midlands Construction UTC (University Technical College), which the university is sponsoring with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), have been submitted to Wolverhampton City Council. The application is to convert part of the site and build a three-storey extension to create the UTC with parking and external hard surfaced sports, play and teaching spaces.Wolverhampton council is considering plans to transform a former brewery site in the city into a hub for construction education.

Wolverhampton council planners are considering proposals to transform a former brewery site in the city into a hub for construction education.

The UTC will provide education for 600 14-19 year-olds specialising in construction and the application of IT in the built environment. Led by the CITB and co-sponsored by the University of Wolverhampton, it will open in September on a temporary site before moving into Springfield in 2016.

The university also aims to relocate its own School of Architecture and the Built Environment to the brownfield site. Plans for this will be submitted at a later stage.

Vice-chancellor, professor Geoff Layer, said: “The plans will enable us to transform the Springfield site into a centre of excellence for construction, providing skills and training for future leaders of the industry”.

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