South Durham UTC

year 2016

category Schools and Colleges

client Leybourne Urwin / McVickers / Willmott Dixon Construction

location Newton Aycliffe, Durham

project value £6M

TGA Consulting Engineers LLP were employed by Leybourne Urwin and McVickers under design and build duties to undertake the M&E Design associated with the new South Durham UTC, the first University Technical College in the North East.

Project Summary

The £6m 3 storey project is procured through the Scape framework by Willmott Dixon Construction.

South Durham UTC is intended to offer young people with the opportunity to gain both an academic and technical education working closely with employers to enable them to be qualified to work in sectors that are growing and looking for skilled staff.  Its three founding members are the University of Sunderland, Hitachi Rail Europe and Gestamp Tallent  with the UTC being located very close to the new Hitachi Rail Europe assembly plant which was also delivered by TGA.


The new facility includes a triple-height atrium capable of housing large scale work or machinery, teaching spaces, staff offices, a multi-purpose lecture theatre, computing and IT suites.  It also includes a sports hall and external sports pitches.

TGA’s design proposals are fully compliant with Education Funding Agency requirements.  Full LED lighting systems have been incorporated along with a PV array on the roof.  TGA have also developed a series of details to demonstrate how containment systems can be routed through the atrium.  An example is included below.



Story project


Triple-height atrium

Design proposals are fully compliant with Education Funding Agency requirements

Full LED lighting systems