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The Leigh University Technical College

A new concept in education, this University Technical College provides STEM learning for 14-19 year olds in a newly designed building which fuses the industrial elements of a machine shop with an office-like environment for computer science.

Client Leigh Academy Trust

Location Kent, UK

Status Built

Completion 2014

 

The Leigh University Technical College

University Technical Colleges are a new concept in education. They offer 14-19 year olds the opportunity to take a highly regarded, full time, technically-oriented course of study. The Leigh UTC in Dartford specialises in engineering and computer science.

The college had a clear vision to be a distinctive education provider for outstanding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning. Students and apprentices learn from a personalised curriculum, which emphasises the practical application of academic and vocational learning.

Jestico + Whiles and BAM were commissioned to design and deliver the new building, which was Jestico + Whiles’ first UTC design. The team worked very closely with the college and their industry sponsors to develop the design, a unique fusion of educators and industry.

Developed to a low budget, the building is conceived as a simple cost-effective composition of two elements: the ‘office’ and the ‘workshop’.

The office is a business-like environment arranged around a central atrium, containing a mix of orthodox teaching space, laboratories and includes highly-serviced IT workshops with integrated server training infrastructure.

The workshop is a fully-equipped machine shop, complete with traversing girder crane and specialist equipment such as machine lathes and plasma cutters.

The scheme achieved planning in August 2013, and opened in September 2014.

The Leigh University Technical College
The Leigh University Technical College
The Leigh University Technical College
The Leigh University Technical College
The Leigh University Technical College