PEOPLE are being invited to have a look round Salisbury’s former police station in Wilton Road before it is transformed into a college.

Wiltshire Police moved their services out of the building at the end of June and South Wiltshire University Technical College (UTC) will be moving in today.

The site is undergoing an £8m refurbishment programme before it opens to 104 year 10 and 12 students in September 2015.

The college will offer a wide range of academic and technical courses specialising in science, engineering and computing.

Principal Gordon Aitken said: “Many local people have walked or driven past the former police station for years without ever going in, at least voluntarily. We thought we would give everyone the chance for one last visit to see the buildings and the cells before we totally transform the site into the new UTC.”

Visitors to the site will be able to have a look around, meet the people behind the college, see plans for the building and talk to the builders about the renovation.

As well as completely refurbishing the two existing buildings, the UTC is adding 1,000mÿ of new build including a modern entrance area, large dining space and 160 seat lecture theatre.

The UTC will eventually have about 600 pupils from years 10 to 13.

This week, and on August 11, the college is running summer schools for 30 budding scientists and engineers aged 11 to 16.

They are being given a chance to meet major employers and experts from the University of Southampton and learn more about careers and technology.

Mr Aitken said: “We could have filled the weeks twice over and we will definitely be offering them next summer. The employers and University of Southampton staff have designed some brilliant activities and there is a strong core of learning alongside the fun.

Crucially the young people will meet potential employers and find out about potential careers.”

The site is open to visitors from midday to 1pm today.

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