The UK’s digital and media hub in Salford is home to one of the most unusual schools in the country – UTC@MediaCityUK - for 14-18 year olds targeting digital and media jobs.
The sleek black and space-grey exterior of the four-storey school nestles proudly in the MediaCityUK skyline of futuristic and sustainable buildings.
Students get hands-on experience in specialisms from TV and film to radio and audio, graphics and design to interactive media and gaming from classrooms overlooking the BBC, ITV and the criss-crossed building of the University of Salford’s arts and media departments.
UTC is a radically different kind of campus with massive filming studios, a gleaming radio studio and live lounge, hi-tech gaming and design labs and a state-of-the-art science cluster.
The originality extends beyond the study environment: soft-seating group work areas incorporate built-in power- and data-points; sound-proof panelling shrouds quiet study spaces; wifi is available everywhere; and there’s a unique rooftop football pitch and Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA).
The 29x17m MUGA sits on top of a first floor roof, butted up against the four-storey building, with the wall part of the play area.
Dawn Fencing Ltd of Leigh, which has been in business for over 30 years and is the only fencing contractor dedicated solely to sports, installed the fencing on the other three sides.
They chose 4m-high Duo8 SuperRebound twin horizontal wire fencing panels from Zaun, which are highly durable, low maintenance, graffiti-proof and offer great rebound properties similar to a wall. They also minimise students having to head to the ground floor to retrieve balls exiting the MUGA.
Zaun had to design special base plates for the fence posts every 2.44m as they are mounted on the hard surface of the roof.