£11m Construction Skills Centre starts on site
Located in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside College is the leading provider for further education in Greater Manchester with a range of courses including NVQs, BTECs, Apprenticeships and Access to Higher Education courses for mature students.
As part of the multi-million-pound ‘Vision Tameside’ masterplan with Tameside Council, the appointed design and construction teams are transforming the college’s estate to meet the ever-changing education and training demands of the construction sector through the addition of a new two-storey Construction Skills Centre, one of four new Advanced Learning Centres to be built across three phases.
The £11m centre will provide state-of-the-art training facilities and equipment, individual learning bays and trade workshops across 2,749 m2 for the next generation of plumbers, bricklayers, painters, electricians and joiners.
In addition to delivering two new iconic Learning Centres in Ashton Town Centre and Stamford Street for Phase 1 in 2015 and 2016, Waterman Building Services have been appointed to provide mechanical and electrical engineering design services alongside Manchester-based 10 Architect, Arcadis, Fusion Project Management and Scott Hughes Design for the new Construction Skills Centre in Phase 2. Waterman’s team helped develop the design and reconfiguration of the Beaufort Road site, creating a low energy, sustainable building that provides a flexible and future proofed education space where the latest skills in construction can be taught. It is in line to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.
Jackie Moores, Principal at Tameside College, said; “This building is an important addition to Tameside College for the people of Tameside. As the number one college in Greater Manchester for school leavers and apprentices we need first class facilities for our learners, employers and staff.”
Tim Davies, Regional Director for Waterman Building Services in Manchester, commented; “We are proud to be working alongside Tameside College and the design team in order to provide this state-of-the-art modern construction skills facility in the north-west of England, providing support and education to the local communities.”
The project is due for completion in December 2020.