Openshaw new campus

Caddick Construction has been awarded the contract to build a £25m teaching facility on the Openshaw Campus of The Manchester College, the No.1 College in Greater Manchester for Achievement in Further Education.

The contract – which was awarded by the College’s governing LTE Group – covers the new sports and public services building on Ashton Old Road, M11, which will incorporate a six court sports hall, healthcare suite and construction and motor vehicle learning facility.

The state-of-the-art venue forms part of LTE Group’s visionary investment strategy that includes a brand new campus in the city centre, responding to the increasing demand for training and skills in the region.

The Manchester College is one of the largest Further Education colleges in the UK and largest single provider of 16-19, adult and higher education in Greater Manchester. More than 25% of Greater Manchester’s learning provision is undertaken by the college.

Managing Director of Caddick Construction’s North West office, Ian Threadgold said: “Caddick is delighted to be at the forefront of the one of the largest estate reshapes in the education sector. The project will provide high quality teaching and learning environments for students, staff and employers and see The College’s facilities move into broader city communities offering long-term benefits.”

LTE Group Chief Executive John Thornhill commented: “We are delighted to award Caddick Construction the contract to provide a bespoke site where our sports, construction, motor vehicle and healthcare students can gain up to the minute skills working alongside employers, and ultimately bolstering the economy across Greater Manchester.”
Pre-works have already commenced and the build is expected to take 14 months, with facilities due to open to the first students in September 2021.