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Silverstone UTC Building Given the Green Light

01.11.2012

The Silverstone UTC , one of the government’s flagship university technical colleges opening in September 2013, and a partnership led by Tresham, has been granted approval for the building of its £10m school based at the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire. The specialist centre will enable young people aged 14 to 19 to study a technically orientated curriculum in either high performance engineering or events management.

On Thursday 1st November, South Northamptonshire Council approved plans submitted by Interserve for the £10m building which will be located close to the racing track to provide a school campus with a difference to inspire young people to gain highly skilled careers.

In October 2010 the Silverstone UTC was one of thirteen proposals for university technical colleges given approval by the Department for Education.

Education Secretary, Michael Gove said at the time:

UTCs are a key part of the Government’s drive to provide school leavers with the technical knowledge and skills that industry demands. This is vital for our economic growth.”

The Silverstone UTC is a partnership between Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, The University of Northampton and Silverstone Circuits Ltd which each organisations strengths. 576 students will have the opportunity to study a high quality curriculum devised in collaboration with key employers in high performance engineering and events management to improve their progression opportunities.

Funding for the Silverstone UTC has been provided by The Department for Education to ensure the facilities maintain a responsive and collaborative curriculum in partnership with the local community and support the local economy.

Richard Phillips, Managing Director at Silverstone Circuits said:

“We are delighted with the outcome and approval of this planning application. Education is a fundamental part of what we do at Silverstone and the UTC, on course to open in September 2013, is a hugely important factor in the development of Silverstone. In addition to maintaining the Circuit’s position as a leading global centre for sport, leisure and technology, this planning will help Silverstone on its path to becoming a centre for academic excellence. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Interserve and our partners in the UTC, namely Tresham College of Further and Higher Education, The University of Northampton and Northamptonshire County Council, who have worked so hard with South Northamptonshire Council to achieve such a quick approval.”

Stuart Wesselby, Principal of Tresham College Of Further and Higher Education said:

We are delighted to be taking this next step in the development of the Silverstone UTC as a state of the art centre for education and training for young people who wish to specialise at an early age in their chosen vocation. The new school will not only benefit the young people who study there but will also benefit employers across the country by providing the relevant training for the workplace.”

Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor at The University of Northampton commented:

“This is a significant milestone and we are delighted to be part of this key development in Northamptonshire.  Developing the skills to support our industry and commerce is key to the health of our region and to the continuing development of our students”

Andrew Howard, 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 hospitality and its consequent benefits. Over the last few weeks the whole team including the Councils, Tresham, The University of Northampton, Silverstone Circuits and our Consultants have worked tirelessly to maintain the programme so that we can open this iconic building in 2013.”

Councillor Rupert Fordham, portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration,  from South Northamptonshire Council said:

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our district and confirms South Northamptonshire’s place at the heart of high performance engineering. This will go a long way to not only ensure that the future of UK motorsport is centred on Silverstone but that these fantastic facilities will benefit our young people and improve employability within our district as it is set to grow in the years to come.”

For more information about Silverstone UTC visit www.utc-silverstone.co.uk

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