Tameside College Advanced Technologies Centre
Ashton Under Lyne
This new build 6 storey learning centre is key to the college’s plan to develop apprenticeships and higher education in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It completes the first phase of the ‘Vision Tameside’ redevelopment project, attracting new businesses, creating new jobs and future opportunities for Tameside residents.
The 3,500m2 building includes CNC workshop, motorsport workshop, pneumatics laboratory, electrical workshop and general teaching classrooms. The project was situated on the Tameside College campus
adjacent to Stamford Street – a busy arterial road leading in and out of the town of Ashton and had both commercial and residential neighbours.
Design based on Nano Technology
A main feature of the new Technologies Centre is the metal mesh screening/veil to the curtain walling elevation. This not only provides solar shading to the building, but also creates a powerful architectural statement in relation to Nano Technology, symbolising the educational objectives and aspirations of the new building.
Collaborative working and engagement
The contractor worked closely with Tameside College in order to carry out value engineering prior to commencement of construction activities to ensure the scheme was delivered within budget for the college.
Apprenticeships and training
Apprenticeship opportunities were provided for Tameside students and an incredible 75 work experience placements were offered to the college, of which 54 were taken up.
Placements in collaboration with supply chain partners included construction managers, bricklayers, electricians and painters. The performance of the students was rated, with the highest achiever
receiving B&Q vouchers to spend on tools of their choice.
‘Kier proved to be team players with a can do attitude. Between
them they have a considerable knowledge and understanding of what is required and expected on large construction projects.’ Peter Smyth – Client Clerk of Works