Doncaster UTC


The Brief

This new development, part of the ESFA framework, will house over 700 new students specialising in engineering and creative digital technologies. The centre will enable a close partnership with local major employees, such as AMRC University of Sheffield; another project we delivered.

The new facility will comprise of a five-storey teaching block and three-and-a-half-storey sports hall, with dining below, and a four-storey lecture theatre with a roof terrace. We were chosen to supply the structural package for this education project.

Our Approach

  • This project required us to handle six separate elements to the structural package on behalf of the main contractor. From pre-cast concrete units to off-site fire protection we managed these additions to the steel frame.
  • The design of the building stipulates a 19M long circular column as a feature in the atrium.
  • Large feature members can be challenging from different aspects. Given the architectural requirements of this member, fabrication would involve a high level of execution to obtain the desired aesthetics. 
  • In addition to this, we would design the featured member to be spliced, thus improving logistics as well as handling of the section on and off-site.

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The Outcomes

Upon completion of this project, the first we have completed for Willmott Dixon, we were scored using their ‘Construction Works Partner Performance’. This covered all aspects of the project, from commercial through to site activities.

We achieved an 88/100 score across the board, specifically excelling in ‘Programme and People’. Our Contracts Manager being especially commended for his “collaboration, behaviour and attitude”.

"Displayed the right attitudes and behaviours in line with WDC expectations...approach to collaborative working and planning has been first class and cannot recommend highly enough."
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Dave Pennock
Willmott Dixon Northern Supply Chain Manager
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