Our Proposed Site
Important message: It was announced on 14 August that the UTC will open in September 2015, one year later than previously planned. The UTC is due to be taking over the current Salisbury Police Station buildings in Wilton Road, which the police are moving out of in August 2014. You can check the location by putting SP2 7HR into Google Maps. The Government has confirmed that it will give us around £8m to completely refurbish the building and add new social areas, allowing us to create a stunning learning environment.
The building will be completed modernised and renovated to produce a stimulating and business-like learning place. The UTC will feature three main “zones” designed by employers and the University of Southampton to have the feel of a professional workplace:
- The Defence Engineering Zone
where you will learn core engineering skills, find out how Army vehicles work and practise making tools and shaping materials.
- The Protective Science Zone
where you will learn about Microbiology, Physics and Applied Chemistry and how we can protect society from natural and man-made threats.
- The Design Engineering Zone
where you will learn how Engineering projects are developed from the earliest creative idea through to prototypes and testing of final products.
Each zone will include the latest technology and realistic working environments. The UTC will also feature lots of stimulating group and private study areas and there will be brand new cafe and meeting areas open to local community groups.
UTC Project Manager, Gordon Aitken, says:
“The proposed site hits every target for us. It will give a high quality learning environment within easy walking distance of Salisbury Station. We will retain much of the outside look of the building but we have exciting plans for a complete refurbishment inside to produce an innovative and stimulating learning space.”
There will be a strong core of academic learning at the UTC and pastoral support to develop you as a person. There will be lots of opportunities for direct contact and e-conferences with industry experts, Army personnel, specialists from the University of Southampton and Wiltshire College and young people who are already working as scientists and engineers.
There will be no bells telling you when and where to go, but instead you will have electronic appointment diaries and be expected to take responsibility for managing your time. The working day will include time for private study and revision of what you have learned but there will be no homework. Instead you will be given your own portable IT equipment and clear guidelines to help you research the next day’s themes.