New Royal Docks college given approval

Artist's impression of the new UTC

Artist's impression of the new UTC - Credit: UEL

The next generation of engineers and designers are set to be created in the borough after the Mayor of London agreed to a new educational facility.

After agreeing a deal with the University of East London, Boris Johnson is releasing four acres of land beside the Royal Albert Dock.

Part of the land will be used to build a university technical college (UTC) for 750 students, while the university has the option to build more facilities alongside it in the future.

The UTC will operate in partnership with the university and two companies, Costain and Thames Water.

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.

“This development will play a key part in the major regeneration of east London as well as help educate and train future engineers and designers across the capital.”

The decision has been welcomed by the university, which has pledged to guarantee a university place to college students who meet the entry requirements for design and engineering courses.

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Deputy vice-chancellor Dusty Amroliwala said: “We are delighted that our discussions with the GLA and other key stakeholders have led to approval from the mayor.

“This is wonderful news not only for the university but also for young people across east London.”

The London Design and Engineering UTC is among 30 such colleges to be built in England, with the aim of equipping students with the skills demanded by employers.

It is set to welcome its first students in September.