IBI Group to design new technical college in Salford, UK
DateJuly 11, 2013
MANCHESTER – IBI Taylor Young, along with BAM Construction, have won a £10.4 million contract to design and build Salford’s new University Technical College at Media City UK.
The proposed 66,000 sq ft college, to be called “UTC@MediaCityUK”, will specialize in the creative and digital industries with a direct link to the industry, giving 14-19-year-old students from Greater Manchester the chance to work with employers in Media City UK.
“UTC@MediaCityUK will provide outstanding opportunities for young people to develop skills in the digital and media industries,” said Abigail Williams, project manager, “and we believe that this new college will deliver the right facilities and environment to foster our students’ ambitions.”
The four-storey building designed by IBI Taylor Young will contain television and radio studios and interactive media and gaming studios. There will be courses at GCSE, A Level, and BTEC level. The project is funded by the Department of Education and the Education Funding Agency. Other sponsors include the Aldridge Foundation, University of Salford, Salford City College, and The Lowry.
IBI Taylor Young are also providing town planning advice. Pending planning and funding approval, work is due to begin on site in October 2013, with completion set for the autumn in-take of students in 2014.
Contact: Lesley Gleave