A new college aimed at turning out the next generation of engineers and designers will be created on acres of land by the Royal Albert Dock.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has released the pocket of land near the University of East London’s Docklands campus and the two educational facilities will form a partnership with UEL staff coaching staff and students.
UEL has an option to develop buildings neighbouring the new University Technical College.
The London Design and Engineering UTC will cater for 750 students and will in concert wih Costain and Thames Water to ensure that the skills taught are those needed by employers, in keeping with the UTC philosophy.
Mr Johnson said: I have been clear since inheriting a significant amount of land in 2012 that it must be used to help and develop the future of our great city. The development will play a key part in the major regeneration of east London as well as help educate and train future engineers and designers.”
The move has been welcomed by UEL which has promised a university place for college students who meet its entry requirements for engineering or design.
Deputy vice-chancellor Dusty Amroliwala said: “This is wonderful news not only for the university but also for young people across east London.
“We are excited about the prospect of collaboration. This is another example of how UEL is right at the heart of the community of east London.”
UTC principal Geoffrey Fowler said: “This is fantastic news. We will be an innovative, forward-thinking school combining academic excellence with practical and technical training.
“I am excited about our collaboration with the University of East London and such prestigious partnerships in industry. It means when they leave, our students will be equipped for a place in higher education or the 21st century workplace.”
The link-up means the college and UEL will be able to offer apprenticeships from GCSE to doctorate level to supply, for example, a workforce for the Thames Tideway tunnel.