Bond Bryan & SimpsonHaugh collaborate on new City Centre Campus
The aim for the new city campus is to create a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for higher and further education students – comprising exciting and flexible teaching and learning facilities that meet the future skills needs of the local and regional economy. The new campus also forms an important part of the continuing regeneration and transformation of Manchester – bringing a vibrant new student amenity into the city’s centre.
John Thornhill, Chief Executive of the LTE Group commented: “The vision for this exciting new educational learning centre is to develop ‘centres of excellence’ in partnership with the region’s employers, and with a strong focus on the skills required by the region’s growth sectors – including creative and digital, as well as business, financial and professional services in phase 2. This will be a landmark college for Manchester, providing future students with innovative ways of learning and preparing them for employment.”
The combined Bond Bryan and SimpsonHaugh architectural team offers the different and highly complementary skills and experience needed to create and deliver a truly innovative and inspiring City Campus for The Manchester College.
Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal at The Manchester College, said: “We are excited to work with leading architects Bond Bryan and SimpsonHaugh on this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a centre of educational excellence for the city, with opportunities for thousands of students to join from 2021/22.”
The acquisition of this prime site – close to major transport hubs and at the heart of a major regeneration scheme – has been made possible by the strategic support of both Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
The proposed new city centre campus forms a key part of Manchester City Council’s skills strategy, and will make a major contribution to the city’s vision for the Great Ducie Street ‘Strategic Regeneration Framework’.
Matthew Hutton, Director, Bond Bryan said: “We are delighted to be involved in this new campus in collaboration with the wider project team – in creating a distinctive new learning destination and forming an important part of the continuing regeneration and transformation of the City Centre.”
David Green, Partner, SimpsonHaugh, said: “We are thrilled to be delivering a new education facility in the heart of Manchester City Centre. The building’s innovative teaching space, performances spaces, creative studios and training facilities will be key to creating a distinctive sense of place for the new neighbourhood which is developing around Great Ducie Street.”
We are supported by a wider consultant team including cost and project manager Pearson Fraser Ltd, structural engineer AECOM, services engineer and BREEAM assessor BDP, fire and acoustic engineer Hoare Lea, and principal designer Robinson Low Francis.