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Ground breaking ceremony for flagship Silverstone UTC

17.12.2012

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l-r: Robert Emery (Tresham), Adam Waterfield (Chair of Governors), Cllr Stephen Clarke (South Northants Council), Cllr Andrew Grant (Northamptonshire County Council), Richard Phillips (Silverstone Circuits Ltd), Nick Petford (University of Northampton). 

Staff and stakeholders from the Silverstone UTC partnership have celebrated the start of building work for one of the first university technical colleges in the region. The ground-breaking ceremony for the brand new £10m school based at the Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, took place on Friday 14th December 2012.

The Silverstone UTC was given approval by Department for Education as one of only 13 across the UK in October 2011following its proposal to offer young people aged 14 to 19 the opportunity to specialise in High Performance Engineering or Technical Events Management at the internationally renowned facility.

The Silverstone UTC, led by Tresham College of Further and Higher Education and partners The University of Northampton and Silverstone Circuits will be working with the preferred building partner Interserve to ensure that £10m facility is fit for the curriculum provision and industrial challenges which will form a key part of the learning. Interserve is an international support services and construction group which has experience in supporting the creation of inspirational educational environments to meet the evolving needs of pupils, staff and the community.

The new building has been designed HKS Architects to complement Silverstone’s long history of being the number one destination for high profile events based within the heart of Motorsport valley.

The Silverstone UTC partnership has worked closely with the local communities and employers in and around Northamptonshire to ensure that this innovative concept in education utilises the knowledge and expertise of its key stakeholders to benefit the local and national economy through training its students with the skills required for each industry.

Project Manager, Robert Emery from Lead Partner, Tresham College of Further and Higher Education said: “This is an important day for the development of the Silverstone UTC and our commitment to providing the best facilities and learning experiences for our students. This building will become the place to learn for young people who wish to specialise in High Performance Engineering or Technical Events Management.”

Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits, said: “The Silverstone brand has been used to motivate and excite students for some years now and since our Study Centre opened in 2007 more than 20,000 children have passed through its doors.   In addition to maintaining the Circuit’s position as a leading global centre for sport, leisure and technology, the Silverstone UTC is an important factor in the evolution of our education strategy and will help Silverstone on its path to becoming a centre for academic excellence. We have a lot of work to do between now and the opening in September 2013 but we have a great team of people working on the project and I look forward to watching the building progress over the coming months.”

Vice Chancellor of The University of Northampton, Professor Nick Petford said: “We are pleased to be a leading partner in the creation of Silverstone UTC. The University’s role is a vital element in this county-wide team effort to further improve education standards and increase skills and employability for young people”

 Andrea Leadsom MP for South Northamptonshire said: “I am a huge supporter of this project, and I believe it will be a flagship UTC for Britain and will attract interest from students all over the world. The UTC will offer a fabulous opportunity for 14-19 year olds in industries where Britain is a world leader, right in the heart of Motorsport Valley.”

Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for children, learning and skills Cllr Andrew Grant said: “This is a vital development not only for the Silverstone UTC but also for our aim as the county council to create a wide and full range of education opportunities throughout the county.

“The Silverstone UTC is a critical ingredient in our wider work to give young people the ambition and skills they need to thrive in our local economy.”

Cllr Rupert Fordham, portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration at South Northamptonshire Council, said: “This is a very exciting project in what will be an inspirational building at a unique and world famous venue. I am sure that many young people from South Northamptonshire and beyond will benefit enormously from the top class education which it will provide.”

Andrew Howard, Regional Director, Interserve Construction stated: “We are really looking forward to returning to Silverstone to build this wonderful new facility which will have a major impact on maintaining the areas reputation for engineering and events management and its consequent benefits.”

Applications are still being taken for students who will be starting in Year 10 and Year 12 in September 2013. To apply and to find out more about the Silverstone UTC visit
www.utc-silverstone.co.uk

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