A topping-out ceremony has been held to celebrate a major milestone in the construction of University Centre Rotherham.
The £10.5million campus, which will expand massively the range of degrees and higher level training available in Rotherham, has received £3,500,000 from the Sheffield City Region (SCR), and is due to open in the Autumn close to the main Rotherham College site.
John Connolly, Chief Executive for the RNN Group, the organisation behind University Centre Rotherham and Rotherham College, welcomed Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and other representatives from partner organisations including Sheffield City Region and Rotherham Together Partnership.
He said: “It’s fantastic to see our new University Centre Rotherham really starting to take shape and beginning to take its place on the Rotherham skyline.
“Over the coming months, people will hear much more about the courses and brilliant facilities, and we’ll be working closely with more employers to get them involved so training meets their needs for highly-skilled staff.”
Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The University Centre will help to attract, retain and develop skills in the region which are so important for the SCR’s sustainable growth. It will be a major asset to Rotherham and the employers and workforce of the region – the ‘let’s get it done’ work-ethic in Sheffield City Region harnesses drive and ambition.”
Behind the scenes at the RNN Group, the organisation is working collaboratively with the university partners which accredit their degrees and with regional employers to develop courses that are sought after within the local economy.
The centre is a key part of the Rotherham 2025 strategy to regenerate the town centre.
Andrew Denniff, Chief Executive of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce said: “The culmination of this project will bring what many businesses in Rotherham have been hoping for – a university campus in our own town and in a central location. The number one priority for a majority of businesses is getting staff with the right skillset.
“Developing our own ‘home grown talent’ will prove a major step forward.”
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Councillor Denise Lelliott said she was excited to see work on the Centre progressing. “University Centre Rotherham will be a great asset to the borough. As Rotherham looks forward to a future with more growing and innovative businesses, the UCR will help to develop a home-grown future workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge.”
Richard Stowell, Operations Manager for Willmott Dixon said, “UCR has made fantastic progress since the start in September 2017. In the space of a few months we have completed the groundwork, erected the steel, cast the floors and started the perimeter cladding.
“The roof topping out marks a significant milestone in the project calendar as we begin to commence internal trades.”
For more information about UCR please visit: https://ucr.rotherham.ac.uk/
Notes to editors
- The University Centre Rotherham (UCR) is the region’s new centre for Degrees, Foundation Degrees, Higher National Certificates/Diploma and other higher-level and professional qualifications.
- UCR offers degree courses and professional training for students and businesses in areas such as creative and digital, health, construction, engineering, and leadership and management.
- The construction of the University Centre Rotherham is contracted to Willmott Dixon. The architects for the project are Bond Bryan.