UTC Leeds

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University Technical College Leeds is a new facility providing advanced manufacturing education for 14-19-year-old students from the Leeds city region. The project transformed a grade II listed Victorian warehouse into a state-of-the-art education facility.

The Brief

The new educational facility is the first of its kind in the Leeds City Region, providing state-of-the-art training in advanced manufacturing and engineering, alongside conventional GCSE and A-Level Qualifications.

The new venture was kick started by a collective of industry specialists based in the city (including Siemens, AGFA Graphics and Unilever) along with the city’s Chamber of Commerce, who identified an industry skills gap and an educational need within the region.

Race Cottam Associates worked with the UTC Trust and local educational specialists to establish a brief and feasibility for the proposed college that would inspire a new generation of engineers. Key to the vision of the new UTC was the need for a building that would promote a 21st century facility whilst celebrating the manufacturing heritage of the area.