Preferred location revealed for Doncaster University Technical College

An artists impression of how Doncaster University Technical College could look
An artists impression of how Doncaster University Technical College could look

Doncaster's new University Technical College could be built at a prime site at Waterdale, it has been revealed.

The site of the former Council House high rise office block, which was previously the National Coal Board's Coal House base, is being lined up as a possible location for the new college.

A final decision is expected later this month.

A spokesman for Doncaster Chamber, which has been in charge of putting the bid for the college together, said: “Whilst there are a number of possible options in the town centre the former Council House site in the Civic Quarter is the preferred one. A final decision will be taken by the Council’s Cabinet in mid-July.”

The site is currently empty, since the previous landmark building was demolished four years ago this month.

It was blown up by a specialist firm using explosives in 2014, with the occasion attracting a number of spectators.

The Government confirmed it had given the go ahead to the Doncaster UTC at the end of last month.

It will be a specialist secondary school to educate the next generation of skilled technicians, engineers, and provide a workforce for the future. It is intended to provide engineering skills that businesses have warned are in short supply.

It will open in September 2020 to students aged between 13 and 19-years.

Doncaster Chamber chief executive Dan Fall has previously confirmed that the scheme would be in the town centre, with three sites under consideration.

He said previously : "It is vital that there is parity of accessibility for potential students of every background. They should all be able to get to a bus stop or a station not more than 10 minutes walk away.

"If we are going to promote a pathway to engineering to everyone in Doncaster this is so important.

"Ideally we want the UTC to be close to all the facilities in Doncaster - around culture, leisure and commercial centres. We want a good footfall so that people who go past it and are curious about it can be inspired to about what is going on on there, and see it as somewhere they could go themselves."