Technology - Engineering, Computing, Bio-Science, Performance-Technology
As technology advances and solves problems, jobs which did not previously exist become available. Nearly two-thirds of overall growth in the EU is forecast to be in the technical and associate professionals category. Sir Charles Kao UTC has been set up to focus on engineering and ‘Smart’ technologies. The ‘Intelligent Flat’ designed by Scott Brownrigg within the new UTC building is unique within UK education in aiming to provide a replica future home environment where the latest smart technologies can be tested by students and visitors.
A mixed economy of spaces are provided to ensure that tasks can take place in the most appropriate environment. To replicate the process that industry sponsors go through on a daily basis, part of the scheme follows the “CDIO” approach:
- Conceive - a creative open space to facilitate ideas generation
- Design – a CAD suite to produce technical information
- Implement – a workshop to build the design
- Operate – an enclosed box to test the design
This supports an understanding of the circular, iterative process of design and engineering where the first attempt is rarely the final design, but is instead a result of testing and tweaking until the end result meets all the functional requirements. These more specialist spaces are supported by classrooms and seminar rooms. Flexible circulation space ensures all areas in the building facilitate teaching and learning.
Service/People - Hoteliers, Catering,Health, Beauty, Arts
People-focused areas of vocational training vary widely, from the health and wellbeing of individuals with links to the medical industry, through to the arts and hospitality industry. Here, real-life catering for the needs of paying customers is part of the students’ course.
Mulberry UTC specialises in delivering the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of the performing arts, however the curriculum on offer includes Healthcare, Medical Services and Digital Technologies. The building layout at lower levels has been driven by the functions of a professional theatre, with supporting spaces behind including scene dock, construction workshop and lighting workshops. The theatre and studio theatre will provide the opportunity to maximise the use of the building throughout the day, welcoming guest productions to paying customers whilst giving students an insight into the supporting roles within the performing arts.