The Royal Greenwich University Technical College is a co-educational college for 600 14-18 year-olds. The UTC specialises in engineering and construction, with a particular focus on transport and sustainable technology, equipping students with practical skills that lead to apprenticeships, higher education or employment.
The UTC makes the most of a compact site. A new three-storey building forms the entrance, admin and general teaching building; with a simple palette of robust materials it has a contemporary feel and provides a bold presence on Woolwich Road.
Although in need of extensive repair, a single storey industrial warehouse dating from 1957 was considered highly appropriate for its intended use. The sawtooth roof and structural steel frame were repaired, and new floors and walls were introduced to make the best use of space and respect its original heritage.
Due to the industrial nature of the area, many buildings are inward looking, occupied only during the week. The UTC provides much needed activity in the evenings and at weekends, increasing the number of pedestrians, creating an occupied urban realm and improving the chances of economic development and interest in the area.
The project was shortlisted for an RIBA London Regional Award in 2014.