Opportunity knocks for Lincoln's young tech wizards
Lincoln's new £7.5m University Technical College plans to take its first students by next September.
Work for the UTC starts this month, after it was approved during a planning committee meeting on August 14.
The new science and engineering college for 14 to 19-year-old students will take 50 weeks to build.
Once finished, the UTC plans to accept 260 students next September and 640 pupils from September 2017.
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Nick Muntz, chairman of the UTC trust and managing director of Lincoln Siemens, said having the UTC in the centre of Lincoln was "a key element of making sure we combine the past, present and future".
He said: "I think it's been expressed this is a great opportunity for Lincoln. Education is something Lincoln cares about, engineering is something Lincoln cares about and it puts us on the map as an education centre.
"We want to get the school operational next year so we do have a tight timescale to work through. It just reflects again on the city that when we want to do things we do them quickly to get results.
"We've taken a lot of time to make sure the building work is managed properly, to make sure we don't disrupt residents and do everything in as good a way as we can.
"I think the only thing I'd add is it is about education and opportunity, and if the young people at the school want to develop in other ways I would encourage that."
The work will see 80 to 82 vehicles with construction materials journeying up to the site each week.
This is while the existing Grade II listed Greenstone Centre and Watkins Building are revamped and means the historic area will see 16 construction vehicles rumbling through each day.
An old workshop at the rear of the Greenstone Building will be knocked down completely to make way for the three storey UTC.
A construction plan has been put forward by planners, in a bid to prevent any vibration damage to the historic buildings that surround the site.
Excavation and ground work is needed to create foundations for the new building.
It is because the ground level of the three storey UTC will be set into the hillside.
Heavy lorries and goods travelling up and down to the site will also be kept to a strict schedule, to avoid blocking or damaging the historic area.
Objections were heard from members of the public and councillors, but the majority voted in favour.
The UTC Principal Doctor Rona Mackenzie told the Echo: "There will be no staff parking on site and pupils will have designated drop-off points by car. They will then walk the rest of the way to the building. The majority of pupils will be travelling by train, bus, bike or walking.
"The nearby residents are our neighbours and we will be liaising with them throughout to minimise any disruption."