The outline scheme has gone to councillors and officials in Warrington, Cheshire for their consideration. If approved, it would see the establishment of a university technical college, specialising in preparing 14 to 19-year-olds for careers in the energy and engineering industries.
Plans envisage the construction of a five-storey building, at a cost of £8.5million, to accommodate offices, research and development facilities, and a canteen, reports the Warrington Guardian.
It said the centre could be open by September 2015, if the plans are approved by the local borough council.
The Warrington area is already an important centre for UK energy research, and is the base for the engineering design division of Sellafield Ltd, the company responsible for management of the UK’s nuclear waste.