Energy Coast Technical College At Lillyhall, Grant Ltd And Eric Wright Construction, P 32West
Grant Ltd has begun work on the site within the Lillyhall Industrial Estate. Credit: via 32West

Work starts on Cumbria UTC expansion

Julia Hatmaker

Civil engineers Grant, alongside Eric Wright Construction, have started laying foundations for a new 22,000 sq ft workshop, a sports pitch and a pavilion at Energy Coast University Technical College near Workington.

The Penrith-based Grant, part of Genesis Homes, has brought its diggers to the site. There, the company will help construct a new entrance road, substructure groundworks and drainage systems, as well as additional car parking spaces.

Work on the UTC extension is set to complete before the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Rendering of what Energy Coast University Technical College’s extension will look like. Credit: via Inform Comms

“Creating better career opportunities for the young people in the county is something that we are extremely passionate about,” said Grant managing director Nicky Gordon.

“Our companies are dedicating a lot of time towards providing advice and developing young people’s skills to help mould the construction workers and engineers of the future,” he continued.

“The Energy Coast UTC is truly an outstanding education facility and it will only get better as it expands. We feel really privileged to have the opportunity to play a role in improving the learning experience for all pupils.”

The UTC was founded in 2013 and stretches across two sites in the Lillyhall Industrial Estate. It provides both academic and technical engineering training to students from ages 14 to 19.

Allerdale Council approved the Department for Education project to expand the UTC in April. Cassidy + Ashton designed the extension’s workshop space.

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