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JCB Academy / UTC

£25 million restoration and conversion of the Grade II listed Arkwright Mill and additional new build teaching block to create a highly sustainable Academy and University Technical College (UTC) specialising in Engineering, Manufacturing and International Business.

Image © Morley von Sternberg
Image © Morley von Sternberg
Image © Morley von Sternberg
Image © Morley von Sternberg
Image © Morley von Sternberg

The Vision

To provide a highly sustainable, specialist teaching facility to provide students with vocational training and links to industry.

Our Role

We managed the feasibility stage and subsequently provided full construction project management services.

We provided advice on site selection and viability, development and integration of the brief, assembling and managing the design team, coordination of specialist survey companies looking at restoration of the Mill, and providing procurement advice.

We brought our experience of both listed buildings and specialist education facilities to ensure that the brief was met and the design could be delivered within the listed environment.

We worked closely with the sustainability consultant to ensure sustainable technologies could be utlilised effectively.

The facility was the first UTC in the UK and is an exemplar teaching facility, providing state-of-the-art vocational training and links to real businesses, such as Jaguar Land Rover and JCB.

Key Information

Department for Education
67,000 sq ft
Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
Lacie Hickie Caley
Project Manager:
Buro Four
Quantity Surveyor:
Sweett Group
Structural Engineer:
Hoare Lee
M&E Engineer:
Hoare Lea

Special Mention

The school is highly sustainable, utilising renewable technologies such as an Archimedean screw, which generates 22% of the power for the facility. It also uses rainwater harvesting and biomass CHP units. Specialist engineering installations include a welding bay and industrial grade tools and machinery.