IT cost £10million to build and is one of the tallest structures in the town but many people are still curious about the new University Technical College which has opened its doors in the Stadium Quarter.

Almost 200 students aged 14 to 18 started at the UTC, which is a school funded by the government and sponsored by a number of companies and Manchester Metropolitan University.

The UTC focuses on science, technology, engineering and maths subjects and has the freedom to choose the length of the school day, admit pupils from outside of Warrington and dictate staff contracts.

A million pounds’ worth of engineering equipment and £500,000 of IT resources are due to be fitted in the Dallam Lane building, including 3D printers, robotics and aeronautical kit.

Principal Lee Barber, who also set up Future Tech Studio school, said he was excited to welcome parents and pupils to the UTC.

“Part of the job I have really enjoyed is setting up a business, it’s a really exciting challenge. Being an academy means I can shop around for the best quality,” he said.

“A lot of the students are here because they choose to be – they have a lot in common so they’re bouncing ideas off each other. There’s a real passion for science and engineering.

“It’s more tailored around what they want to do which means you can push and challenge students.

“We have 50 plus employers waiting to recruit our students – there’s a real need for engineers in the town.”

The finishing touches are still being put to the building, which includes a Fujitsu sponsored learning resource centre and is also set to have a Starbucks on the second floor.

Students have had an input in much of the new school’s design, including the tie and sports kit, and Lee pointed out that thanks to a longer school day, pupils are also able to rack up more hours in class.