Daventry’s new college building won’t be open on time

Pictured is David Edmondson ( Principle - Daventry UTC )
Pictured is David Edmondson ( Principle - Daventry UTC )

The principal of Daventry’s new University Technical Collage says its doors will not be opening in time for its first student intake in September.

The site, off Ashby Road, is still under construction and will not be ready in time for the start of the new academic year. Instead students will be bussed to the University of Northampton for a short time.

Principal at the college David Edmondson said the UTC has had a contingency plan for a while but says he does not yet know how long pupils will have to travel to Northampton.

He said: “We had a plan in case the building was late and it isn’t ready yet. Everything else is in place but I don’t think the weather helped with the building work. But this is just a short term solution.”

Mr Edmondson admitted the timescale was ambitious however he believes pupils will benefit from spending time at the university.

He added that parents were told informally at open events about the existence of a plan B some time ago. They have since received a newsletter about the changes.

He said: “Between January and now we have chatted to over 100 students and their parents and every time the building came up in conversation they have seemed happy enough with the contingency. Not one person has said they’re not, and I actually believe we have a fantastic opportunity to use the great facilities at the university.”

Professor Nick Petford, vice chancellor of the University of Northampton confirmed UTC pupils would be studying there for a couple of weeks and said he believes the building work is four weeks behind schedule. He said he believed it will provide a great opportunity for the students.