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Building future careers at Vision Tameside

Posted on: June 8th, 2018

PROGRESS is continuing on the Vision Tameside project with a commitment made to help a new generation of workers.

Apprentices connected to the flagship development who faced an uncertain future when original sub-contractor Carillion went into liquidation have been reassured they will be able to complete their apprenticeship programme.

The pledge has been made by Robertson Construction Group Limited, which is set to replace Carillion in building the new Vision Tameside development. Robertson, one of the largest independently owned construction companies in the UK, has entered an Early Works Agreement with Inspiredspaces Tameside Limited (LEP), who are contracted to design and build the new facilities. This has been extended while work continues to secure the employment of key construction staff, bring subcontractors back on site and agree a new sub contract.

The pioneering project comprises of a new 7,000 m2 Advanced Skills Centre for Tameside College, a new Joint Public Service Centre for Tameside Council and its partners and retail space for Wilko’s.

The pledge is good news for apprentices such as Harry Rowan (20), from Stalybridge, who had a worrying time when Carillion collapsed.

He started an apprenticeship in bricklaying with Carillion in 2016 and enjoyed the initial 26 week Level 1 construction course. He was close to completing Level 2 and had worked on Vision Tameside from its inception. But he turned up for work in January to find it had stalled.

Harry said: “I’d been really enjoying it. Bricklaying is what I really wanted to do. I was quite worried about where I would end up and what I was going to do.”

Following the signing of the early works agreement with Robertson, Harry will be able to complete his Level 2 qualification with Robertson and Tameside College.

He said: “It’s a relief. It’s been a daunting few months waiting to get back into work. I just had to be patient.

“Everyone has been really helpful. It’s great to see work carrying on here again. It’s a nice building and will help Tameside. I just want to get back on with what I’ve been learning to do. I’m glad I’ve got into a trade at my age and hopefully it will be a platform into site management.”

Leaders from Tameside Council and Tameside College were given a tour by Robertson of what will become the Advanced Skills Centre, which will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment for students to study a range of vocational skills. They also saw where a new public library will be created.

Based on Wellington Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, on the former site of the Tameside Council administration building, the new Joint Public Service Centre will also provide residents with more cost effective and customer friendly facilities under one roof.

Once completed, the new development will bring thousands of new staff and students to the town centre, boosting the retail economy.

Tameside Council Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “I’m delighted that apprentices such as Harry will be able to continue with their courses to become the next generation of workers in Tameside.

“Vision Tameside will provide not only jobs and growth to Tameside but the opportunity for young people to learn construction skills while contributing to a flagship development, earning wages and paving the way for future employment.

“It is also wonderful to see the progress that’s being made on site and the new college facilities. Getting the new building built and open is our top priority and I’m pleased that work with Robertson is progressing.”

All Carillion employees that had worked on the project and were still looking for employment have been given roles by Robertson.

There will be a delay in the original planned completion date but everything possible is being done to keep that to a minimum.

Dirk Pittaway, Managing Director of Robertson North West, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to make a commitment to apprentices like Harry and help the next generation of builders begin their careers.

“The project is a high priority for Tameside and we’re proud to be able to play our part in ensuring it’s successfully delivered.”

For more information on the Vision Tameside project please go to http://www.visiontameside.com/

Major local construction project continues following the collapse of Carillion

Posted on: March 6th, 2018

Work on the Vision Tameside project has taken a significant step forward following the collapse of Carillion in January this year.

On 7 February, Tameside Council’s Executive Cabinet approved a proposal from its infrastructure partner, Inspired Spaces Tameside Limited (LEP), who are contracted to design and build the new facilities, to replace their original sub-contractor Carillion, with Robertson Construction Group Limited.

Robertson who are one of the largest independently owned construction companies in the UK and the LEP, have entered into an 8 week Early Works Agreement. The priority is to secure the employment of key construction staff, bring subcontractors back on site and agree a new sub contract. All Carillion employees that had worked on the project and were still looking for employment have been given roles by Robertson.

There will be a delay in the original planned completion date but everything possible is being done to ensure that new building is completed as soon as possible.

The pioneering Vision Tameside project comprises of a new 7,000 m2 Advanced Skills Centre for Tameside College and a new Joint Public Service Centre for Tameside Council and its partners and retail space for Wilko’s.

Once completed, these new developments will bring thousands of new staff and students to the town centre, boosting the retail economy.

Based on Wellington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, on the former site of the Tameside Council administration building, the new facility will provide residents with more cost effective and customer friendly facilities under one roof.

The college development will also provide state-of-the-art educational facilities for students who will be able to study a broad range of vocational skills in the borough.

Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “Getting a new sub-contractor in place has been our top council priority after Carillion went into liquidation. One of our main aims has been to protect the job security of hard-working staff operating on former Carillion contracts.

“Vision Tameside is a key initiative in the area and one we know will provide considerable jobs and growth when it’s completed. As a result, we are delighted that Robertson Construction has started work to complete these exciting developments in Tameside”.

Dirk Pittaway, managing director of Robertson North West, said: “We know that the project is a high priority for Tameside, and we are proud to be able to play our part in ensuring it is successfully delivered.

“We also welcome our new colleagues into the Robertson family. When entering into the Early Works Agreement it was a key priority that we were able to offer employment to all those that previously worked on the project”.

For more information on the Vision Tameside project please go to http://www.visiontameside.com/.

Cladding Contract Awarded

Posted on: November 2nd, 2017

Lancashire-based ventilated cladding specialist Shackerley has won contract to supply 45,000sq ft of ceramic granite for a £36m project in Tameside, Greater Manchester.

The Chorley company will use its SureClad product on a new advanced skills centre for Tameside College and a new public services hub for Tameside Council in Ashton-under-Lyne town centre.

Designed by Ryder Architecture, the Vision Tameside Advanced Skills Centre and Civic Centre will combine functional, contemporary buildings with retained 19th century façades which date back to Ashton’s historic importance as part of Greater Manchester’s ‘Cottonopolis’ industrial heritage.

Project architect from Ryder Architects Mark Clasper said: “Essentially this is a very contemporary building, which has been designed with extensive use of glazing to reinforce the concept of accessibility for all and provide a work and study environment that is characterised by natural light.

“However, the modern structure needs to integrate with the grade II-listed 19th century façades and the SureClad ceramic granite ventilated cladding system from Shackerley will enable us to achieve that aim both in terms of its colour and natural appearance and in its highly polished surface that will reflect surrounding traditional buildings.”

Shackerley will provide almost 6,500 fully-prefabricated, installation-ready façade panels for the project, in a total of 159 different sizes to meet the requirements of the design scheme.

Cladding firm wins contract on £36m Tameside project

Latest Construction Newsletter

Posted on: September 15th, 2017
 

The latest edition of our ‘Construction Update’ newsletter is now available to download and read. We’ll keep you updated with progress via this website throughout the duration of the construction of the new build.

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Engineering firm SES appointed to multi-million pound Tameside development

Posted on: September 7th, 2017

Article appeared in BDaily: 

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National engineering firm SES Engineering Services has won a £5.7m contract to work on a mixed-use scheme under construction in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The North West office of SES will work closely with contractor Carillion as it delivers phase two of Vision Tameside, a development creating an advanced skills and joint public services centre for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (TMBC) and Tameside College.

The contemporary V-shaped property, set to replace the council’s former building, will comprise more than 163,000 sq ft across four storeys.

TMBC will take around 64,000 sq ft at the scheme, while Tameside College will use 75,300 sq ft as education space for its vocational subjects.

A further 12,300 sq ft will serve as retail space to be occupied by value retailer Wilko.

SES’ work on the development will include include the installation of variant refrigerant flow heating and cooling systems, building management systems, drainage systems and power distribution.

Steve Joyce, SES’ business director for the North, said: “I believe our extensive knowledge and experience of working at BIM Level 2 and our ability to work effectively with a number of stakeholders and their professional teams to tight deadlines were influencing factors in the decision to appoint SES.

“Additionally, with the fact that we are a local company which uses the local supply chain at every opportunity reflects TMBC’s ongoing commitment to work with local businesses.”

SES’ project partners include Ryder Architecture; civil and structural design consultants TPS Consult; and mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultancy Hannan Associates.

Carillion project manager Tom Maguire commented: “We are delighted to be part of such an important development for Ashton-under-Lyne and its local community.

“Construction work is progressing well and it is great to now have SES’ valuable input on an important landmark building which will become a focal point for TMBC and its partners, Tameside College and Wilko.

Students See Construction at First Hand

Posted on: June 28th, 2017

TAMESIDE College students are eagerly taking advantage of a chance to visit the new joint public service centre that is being built in Ashton.

Carillion, who are in charge of construction, have organised a series of “hard-hat and hi-vis” tours which allow young people to enhance their studies by getting a close-up look at the cutting-edge methods being used on the project.

So far this month, almost 100 level-one students in painting and decorating, carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing and construction have been to the site and met industry professionals face to face.

Cllr Jim Fitzpatrick, Tameside Council’s first deputy, said: “This scheme perfectly demonstrates Tameside Council’s desire to use local developments to create opportunities for our residents in terms of work experience, job placements, apprenticeships and training.”

Gail Clifford, central support and enrichment manager at Tameside College, added: “Feedback from tutors and students is all positive. The students have been energised by their experience at Carillion.”

The joint service centre is part of Vision Tameside, an ambitious development strategy partnership between Tameside Council and Tameside College to transform learning and skills in the borough to generate greater economic prosperity.

Phase one involved Clarendon College, which was completed in 2015, and the new advanced technologies centre at Tameside College’s Beaufort Road, Ashton, campus which opened its doors a year later.

The joint public service centre, which will be shared by the council and college, forms part of phase two. It incorporates the latest energy-saving innovations, and from a council perspective will provide a more customer-friendly and cost-effective building that provides better services for residents. It’s estimated it will save almost £55 million over the next 30 years.

Phase three will see Tameside College redevelop Beaufort Road to ensure it offers learners outstanding facilities. Students will have access to the very best engineering workshops, construction and the built environment, motor vehicle, sport and public services, and health and social care provision.

New Steel Construction Article

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017

The June 2017 edition of New Steel Construction contains an excellent article on our Vision Tameside project, well worth a read.

New Steel Construction Article

 

 

 

 

Apprentice tops-out new service centre

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017

A BUILDING that is set to become a Tameside landmark has already reached a landmark in its own brief history.

The joint public service centre, which is being built on the site of the old TAC complex on Wellington Road, Ashton, was topped-out on June 21 with the final piece of steel being fixed into place by Kyle Gallagher.

Kyle, who comes from Droylsden, is an apprentice joiner employed by Carillion Training Services and is completing a placement on the scheme.

The ceremony was attended by Cllr Kieran Quinn, the executive leader of Tameside Council and Jackie Moores, principal of Tameside College.

Cllr Quinn said: “The topping-out ceremony marks a major landmark in the Vision Tameside project which is now approaching the end of its second phase.

“The joint public services centre will provide a much more customer-friendly environment that provides better services for residents. By incorporating the latest energy saving innovations it will allow us to make dramatic cost savings.

“Of course Tameside Council will only occupy part of the centre. We will be sharing it with our partners from Tameside College. The advanced skills centre will be a fine addition to Clarendon College and the Beaufort Road advanced technologies centre which have already opened.

“I also look forward to renewing our partnership with Wilko, who will have a store as part of the complex.

Tameside College principal Jackie Moores added: “This is a very exciting time for Tameside College. The new campus will accommodate our service courses such as hospitality, travel and tourism, bakery, hair and beauty.

“By having a high-street location in the town centre our students will benefit from direct contact with the public. It will also house some of our advanced vocational academic courses such as childcare and health and social care.

“The new building follows the recent opening of the advanced technologies centre and Clarendon Sixth Form College, providing some of the best education facilities in the North West.”

For Wilko, Steve Parkin commented: “We were delighted to come down to celebrate this phase of construction at the joint public service centre and advanced skills centre.

“Work is well under way on our new Wilko store, which is set to move from The Arcades in 2018. We are excited to move into our new home once work is complete, and look forward to welcoming both new and existing customers.”

Vision Tameside, which was launched three years ago, is an ambitious development strategy partnership between Tameside Council and Tameside College to transform learning and skills in the borough with the aim of generating greater economic prosperity.

Demolition of the worn-out Tameside Administrative complex began in 2015 and construction of its replacement, the joint public services centre, started last autumn. The new building should be in use by the end of next year.

Phase three of Vision Tameside will see Tameside College redevelop its Beaufort Road, Ashton, campus to ensure it offers learners outstanding facilities in subjects such as engineering, construction and the built environment, motor-vehicle maintenance, sport and public services, and health and social care provision.

 

New Advanced Technologies Centre officially opens

Posted on: May 20th, 2017

The newly built Advanced Technologies Centre was officially opened on 19 May 2017 by Brian Holliday, Managing Director for Siemens Digital Factory.  You can view photographs from the event at: 

Opening Event Photographs

and read about the event here: 

Tameside Reporter

Advanced Technologies Centre gets new brand identity

Posted on: April 26th, 2017
Tameside College will officially open its Advanced Technologies Centre on Friday 19th May with an exciting new brand and logo that will reflect the new centre’s specialism in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The new Advanced Technologies Centre is key to the college’s plan to develop apprenticeships and higher education in STEM. With two thirds of advanced manufacturing employers concentrated in south and east Manchester, the new centre will support increased demand for higher level skills in the engineering sector and the additional 170,000 people needed to contribute an extra £27 billion to the UK economy every year from 2022.

Bridget Hines, graphic designer at Tameside College and creator of the new branding, said: “The Advanced Technologies Centre is an iconic structure so it’s important that we have branding that is as instantly recognisable as the building will be for years to come. We’ve incorporated its unique shape into the new logo and strapline, ‘Passion for Ideas’ using colours from our Vision Tameside logo to tie the brands together. The new design has a simple yet elegant aesthetic that will remain timeless for the generations of students that will come through the college in the future.”

The new centre now completes the first phase of the ‘Vision Tameside’ redevelopment project, which will bring greater economic prosperity and transform learning and skills in Tameside by offering students the opportunity to study specialist STEM subjects closer to home.

For more information on the course offering at the Advanced Technologies Centre please call Tameside College on: 0161 908 6789 or click here.