Daventry college plans unveiled

Daventry UTC'Artist impressions
Daventry UTC'Artist impressions

DESIGNS for Daventry’s university technical college (UTC) have finally been unveiled.

Images and a scale model went on display at Daventry Leisure Centre on Tuesday for members of the public to see and discuss with officials.

The artist’s impressions and model were produced by construction company Shepherd, which was chosen on Friday as the contractor for the UTC on land off Ashby Road.

The £10 million building is partially set into the slope of the site and the major trees on the old pitch and putt land will be retained.

The college includes sports facilities, common areas, workshops, science labs and general classrooms.

Construction work is scheduled to begin on site this autumn, with the UTC due to open its doors to its first students in September 2013.

Chris Moody, chairman of UTC board of governors said: “Overall the feedback we received during the evening was very positive. People were pleased that the UTC is being developed in Daventry and were impressed by the designs that are being suggested.

“A number of questions centred on how the building might affect the adjacent Phoenix Centre and Community Centre and general feedback was that the development is very sympathetic to the landscape and local surroundings.

“We will be taking all the feedback into account when finalising the designs and submitting a planning application“.

Adrian Spires, from Borough Hill, was one of those who went along to Tuesday’s event. He said: “Our children have just gone through the schools here and I think bringing this to the town is a good idea.

“My main concern is the traffic and parking. There are only 40 car parking spaces.”

Images and the model of the college from Tuesday’s event are now on display at Daventry District Council’s Lodge Road reception.