Aerial shots capture construction of new education centre - ahead of schedule

The New UTC building going up on the Peterborough Regional College site EMN-151201-181119009
The New UTC building going up on the Peterborough Regional College site EMN-151201-181119009
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A £10 million project to build the Greater Peterborough University Technical College (GPTUC) is racing away as can be seen in these fascinating aerial pictures.

They were taken by Peterborough Regional College worker Melvin Webb using a camera attached to a drone that was flown over the site.

They show how far the 4,543 square metre building, in the college’s Park Crescent grounds, has come since securing planning approval in 2014.

The building is largely constructed from cross-laminated timber with work currently a week ahead of schedule and due to be completed in July. About 100 people will have been employed in the construction work.

Rachel Jones, GPUTC project manager, said: “Construction is going really well - we’re a week ahead.”

The UTC, will have 33 teaching spaces and includes two engineering workshops, two construction workshops, five computer-aided design workshops and four science labs.

On the roof there will be photo voltaic panels donated by Bourne-based Larkfleet and the building has a rainwater harvesting system.

The UTC will provide education for about 500 youngsters aged 14 to 18 and is planned to open in September next year. It will specialise in environmentally sustainable manufacturing, engineering and the built environment.

The regional college is leading the development of the UTC with the support of fellow sponsor Anglia Ruskin University and key employer sponsors Anglian Water, Larkfleet Group and Marshall Aerospace.

A spokeswoman for Anglian Water said: “A rainwater harvesting system is being installed to ensure the building is state-of-the-art in terms of sustainability. This has been funded by ourselves as the lead employer sponsor and Kier Construction which is building the UTC.”

Mark Pengelly, managing director of Kier Construction Eastern, said: “We’ve seen how this new education model can provide exciting opportunities for students linking learning to real life problems.”