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Construction starts on Openshaw campus expansion

LTE Group has awarded a second landmark construction contract as part of its visionary plans to provide new campus facilities for students across Greater Manchester. Caddick Construction will build new facilities for The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester, serving sports, healthcare and construction and motor vehicle students at its Openshaw base in East Manchester.

Caddick Construction will build the £25 million state-of-the art teaching facility that will provide young people across Greater Manchester with a centre of excellence for health and wellbeing (including sports), and construction and motor vehicle. Students will be able to join the new ‘Industry Excellence Academies’ and ‘Centres of Excellence’ which provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers. This is part of a larger £139 million build project that represents the first phase in LTE Group’s estates strategy that will transform The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester’s education and training delivery locations over the next two years. 

The new facilities will include a six court sports hall, outdoor pitch, gym and sports lab; a health suite with a hospital ward and infectious disease area for healthcare students; and brand new workshops for construction, mechanics and engineering students. The new build will open its doors to the first students in September 2021

John Thornhill, LTE Group’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Caddick Construction to build this landmark facility in the East of the city. The area is already renowned for its specialist sports and healthcare facilities, as well as huge growth in construction cross the city centre and beyond.  These new student teaching facilities will enable us to provide the next generation of skills to bolster the region’s economy, to stimulate growth and enable Greater Manchester to be a landmark in education and skills. “

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal at UCEN Manchester, said: “This new expansion to our college in Openshaw gives us a unique opportunity to provide a stepping stone to future careers in growth sectors, for our young people.  Students will benefit from specialist facilities that will support and enrich our courses, all designed and delivered in partnership with leading employers. By providing this industry focussed approach, young people and adults across the city will be well positioned to access highly-skilled careers in the healthcare, construction and sports sectors across Greater Manchester and beyond.”

You can read the full story on the LTE Group website.

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