Wigan University Technical College

This high profile project for Wigan University Technical College (UTC) comprises interior refurbishment of the existing Rushton Mill, together with a new build three storey extension following demolition of the existing annexe.

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The scheme transforms the historic mill interior, creating modern teaching spaces, from the basement to the second floor, along with extensive office and administrative support facilities on each floor.

Set in a conservation area, the iconic building is part of the Wigan landscape and has served formerly as a grain warehouse, a gas showroom and offices for Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council.

Wigan's ground-breaking University Technical College will be fully fitted out to support curriculum specialisms which include food production, manufacturing, engineering, green energy and recycling.

In partnership with Salford University and nearby Wigan and Leigh College, the UTC - which will be open to 14-19 year olds - also has the backing of leading employers such as Google, Siemens, Heinz and Tetrapak.

The refurbishment project will meet the standards of design expected of an educational building, including robust acoustic and fire safety detailing. The building will also be fully accessible and DDA compliant. Designed around contemporary thinking, the open plan layout allows for passive supervision of learners.

The office administration and support areas will be delivered to the same exacting design standard, whilst providing open spaces and state of the art IT connections to enable flexible working, communication and collaborative teamwork

Client: Wigan UTC Academy Trust

Value: £4.44

Completion: September 2013

Duration: 42 weeks