Construction firm to deliver education facilities in Cumbria

How the college will look

Eric Wright Construction has been appointed by the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver new education facilities in Cumbria.

Work will start next week on a new technical workshop, sports pitch and pavilion for Energy Coast University Technical College (UTC) on Lillyhall Industrial Estate in Workington.

The plans, passed by Allerdale Borough Council during April, include the construction of new engineering workshops and support spaces, reconfiguration of existing spaces to provide construction workshops and support spaces, external work bays, a replacement sports pitch including a changing pavilion (on a new site) and a new pedestrian crossing to connect the College’s two sites.

The building is designed by architects Cassidy and Ashton.

UTCs provides academic, practical and technical education for pupils aged 14-19. The new build and modifications will mean students have access to an even wider range of superb facilities on the UTC site.

James Eager, director for Eric Wright Construction, said: “The college, which was originally built by Eric Wright Construction back in 2013, is providing much-needed education and training for young people in Cumbria in collaboration with local employers and we’re excited to be helping them develop their exceptional facilities even further.

“As part of our commitment to the scheme, we have already engaged with the UTC students during the design development stage.

“We will also be providing a live learning environment for some of the students so they can join our construction teams on site and put into practice some of the theory they have studied at the college.”

The Energy Coast UTC Principal Cherry Tingle said: “These new facilities will really take the student experience to the next level.

“We desperately need people with skills in engineering and civil engineering, as well as an excellent academic education, and we now have something really great to look forward to. This is really good news for the area and a real boost for west Cumbria.”