Here’s a brief history of news about the UTC over the last two years…
September 2013 – Plans revealed
University of Sunderland Professor Gary Holmes reveals exciting plans for the UTC at a meeting of th Aycliffe Business Park Community. We exclusively broke the story.
August 2014 – Government backing
The Government confirms first Universal Technical College (UTC) for the North-East will be in Newton Aycliffe.
February 2015 – Location confirmed
A location for the UTC is confirmed and it’s announced building scheduled to start in summer 2015.
March 2015 – Cash boost
Government confirms it approves funding for the UTC South Durham.
April 2015 – Principal joins
Tom Dower is appointed principal as the first computer-generated image of the main building is revealed.
July 2015 – Planning approved
Durham County councillors vote unanimously in favour of the new engineering and advanced manufacturing Centre of Excellence.
September 2015 – Work starts
Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson and Durham Council leader Simon Henig cut the first sod as construction starts on site.