Take your first look at £10m college planned for Scunthorpe town centre
THIS is the vision for a new University Technical College in Scunthorpe town centre.
Plans for the £10 million college have been revealed to the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
The proposal, led by North Lincolnshire Council, would see the building constructed on the site of the former Scunthorpe Leisure Centre.
Council bosses and industry partners will present the project at a meeting with officials from the Baker Dearing Educational Trust in London on Wednesday, January 9.
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University Technical Colleges are an initiative of the trust but are funded by the Government's Department for Education.
The next stage of the application after that is a formal interview in Sheffield in February.
Speaking about the plans, council leader Liz Redfern said: "I think they are really good and it really fits in to that part of Scunthorpe. It is complementary to the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre as well and if we are successful, we hope to add on more things for 20-21."
The college would have around 600 students aged 14 to 19, with a focus on engineering and renewable energy.
It would be created and operated in partnership with the University of Hull and a range of industry partners.
Around 60 per cent of the students would be enrolled from within North Lincolnshire.
The plans also show additional units for fledgling businesses, as well as two further potential development sites.
Mrs Redfern said: "We are hoping to lever more development on and look at some starter units for fledgling businesses.
"We have got all of the latest technology on the roof and we have got ideas to progress for student accommodation.
"The main thing is trying to get this UTC for this part of Scunthorpe."
The project is one of 20 expected to bid for Government funding for a University Technical College.
A shadow board has been set up in connection with the Scunthorpe proposal, which will become a governing body if the bid is successful.
It includes representatives from the council, the University of Hull, North Lindsey College, Able UK, Tata Steel, Centrica and Total.
Mrs Redfern said feedback on the proposal had been positive since the plans were first unveiled in October.
She said: "We had a feedback consultation and it was very positive. I am always optimistic and we have got this for the future of our young people.
"We are fighting our corner here in North Lincolnshire and we have got a good team of people behind us."
A formal bid for the college was submitted by the council to the Department for Education in November.
If given the go-ahead, the first intake of students is expected in September 2014.
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