Work progressing on new £10m college on ex-Don Valley site

Work on a new £10m technical college on the site of the former Don Valley stadium is progressing ahead of the campus opening in September.

Monday, 8th February 2016, 06:27 am
Updated Monday, 8th February 2016, 06:39 am
Coun Julie Dore and Richard Caborn, project leader of the Olympic Legacy Park, at the stone laying ceremony for the new UTC site, where the former Don Valley Stadium was located. Picture: Andrew Roe

A stone-laying ceremony at the site – which is part of the Olympic Legacy Park project to replace the former stadium – has been attended by representatives from the technical college, along with Richard Caborn, Olympic Legacy Park project leader, and Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore.

The foundations for the four-storey facility on Attercliffe Common have now been completed, with half the steel frame in place.

The centre will welcome students from the age of 14 and will specialise in healthcare and sports sciences. It is to be the city’s second technical college, following the opening of one focussed on advanced engineering and manufacturing in September 2013 on Matilda Street.

Up to 600 students will be able to attend the Olympic Park UTC, which is being supported by more than 50 local employers and is sponsored by Sheffield College, Hallam University and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Caborn said: “The UTC will play a pivotal role within the Olympic Legacy Park. It will provide young people with a well-rounded education and specific skills so that they can go forward, as the next generation, and develop ground-breaking innovations for health and wellbeing.”

The Olympic Legacy Park is to incorporate a new 1,200-pupil ‘super school’ known as Oasis Academy, new homes for Sheffield Sharks basketball team and Sheffield Eagles Rugby Club and a sports sciences research centre.

The site will link up with the English Institute of Sport.