Global Academy UTC, Hayes

The Global Academy UTC opened in 2016 and will provide up to 800 places for 14-19 year old students and will offer a broad range of courses but have a special focus on the technical skills, trades and technologies that support the two specialisms of Creative, Technical and Digital Media & Entrepreneurship.

These technical skills will help students develop the practical knowledge demanded by the industry. It will ensure that the young people at the UTC develop creativity, determination, risk taking, teamwork and problem solving.

CampbellReith produced the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for the Global Academy UTC. This involved predicting the likely catchment and mode of travel of students. The distribution and occupancy levels of staff and students travelling by car was calculated based on Census data and comparisons with other similar educational facilities. This enabled the impact of the UTC traffic to be assessed at the key local junctions.

Parking and drop-off requirements were developed as part of the final scheme taking note of the results of on-street parking demand surveys undertaken by us. The proposed mitigation measures agreed as part of the planning application include a contribution to an enhanced bus service; agreed through liaison with Transport for London; following detailed public transport capacity analysis. Other highway improvements include enhanced pedestrian and cycle infrastructure as part of the wider masterplan proposals.

The Global Academy UTC forms part of the £250 million regeneration of The Old Vinyl Factory; a complex of buildings that was once the home of music companies EMI and HMV. The site was responsible for the production of many well-known vinyl records of the 20th century, as well as radios and other broadcasting equipment.

The Global Academy UTC will provide young people with vocational skills so they can work within the broadcasting industry and will also give students hands-on experience in a wide range of areas including electronic engineering, digital media, communication and information technologies, business skills and offer a clear progression route into higher education or further learning in work, including apprenticeships.

Services: Highways & Transport

Sectors: Education, Regeneration