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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.

J000502 Vision Tameside Construction newsletter ISSUE FOUR

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.

Construction Update – Phase 2

Posted on: April 19th, 2017

A monthly update on the progress being made on the construction of the Joint Public Service Centre and Advanced Skills Centre will be published in the following location:


Tameside construction is as good as GOLD

Posted on: March 30th, 2017

Tameside projects walked away with two gold medals at a Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) awards event in March.

The CCS National Site Awards took place in locations across the country at the end of March, and local businesses and organisations attended the North West awards in The Lowry Theatre, Salford.

The CCS is an independent non-profit-making organisation founded in 1997 by the construction industry to improve its image. Since 1999, the CCS has been rewarding the UK’s most considerate construction sites for the contributions they make towards improving the image of construction. The awards judges look at the measures a site or project has put in place to be more considerate towards local neighbourhoods and the public, workforce and the environment.

Construction firms and other companies working on construction projects in the North West were in the running for Gold, Silver and Bronze awards as well as the Most Considerate Site title at the regional awards presentation in the Lowry in March. Due to their high calibre of considerate construction, two Tameside projects won the coveted Gold Award.

International integrated support services business, Carillion, won a CCS Gold Award for their work on the flagship Vision Tameside development in Ashton-under-Lyne town centre. Carillion attributed their award success to their dedication to community engagement, with early consultation and a comprehensive programme of community events which minimised the impact of the work. The project also benefitted from ambitious environmental management targets across all areas, another factor in their winning profile.

Tameside Council were also winners of a Gold award. The organisation’s remodelling of the historic and bustling Ashton Market Ground in the town centre of Ashton-under-Lyne was chosen by judges who noted the impeccable image the project presented in the local area.

The Ashton Market Ground site team used high quality promotional displays and informative signs and notices, including a community board, to engage the local community with the project. Branding and corporate values were also strongly promoted via social media, and this promotion facilitated public feedback on the project. Awarding the sought after CCS Gold Award, judges noted the project’s extensive provision for the safety and wellbeing of the workforces as well as notable efforts to promote careers in the industry to school and college leavers.

Isabel Martinson, CCS Executive Chairman, said:

‘Every award-winning site is a beacon of best practice – making significant strides to continually improve the image and reputation of the UK construction industry.

‘The scheme is hugely proud of the efforts of these top-performing sites and we thank them for their hard work, dedication and commitment to achieve ever higher standards in considerate construction.’

Time Lapse Video of the demolition of TAC

Posted on: March 27th, 2017

Tameside College hosts residents evening for new build

Posted on: December 21st, 2016

Tameside College hosted a residents evening in their on-site restaurant, Reflections to give people living locally to the college more information about the Advanced Technologies Centre, which opened in September this year.

The new centre completes the first phase of the college’s, ‘Vision Tameside’ plan and is integral to developing apprenticeships and Higher Education in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to support increased demand for higher level skills in the engineering sector within Greater Manchester.

During the evening, guests sampled delicious canapés made by food studies students whilst enjoying a presentation about the Advanced Technologies Centre and future ‘Vision Tameside’ plans and then a tour.

Jackie Moores, Principal at Tameside College, said: “The Advanced Technologies Centre offers state-of-the-art training and education facilities as part of the, ‘Vision Tameside’ strategy with our partner Tameside Council. It provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to develop the best educational estate in Greater Manchester for our learners. We have worked in partnership with employers from the engineering, computing and finance sectors to ensure the curriculum and high specification technical equipment meets the future skills needs in Greater Manchester, in line with the GM Combined Authority, ‘Work & Skills Priorities’. This enables our current and future students to access the very best jobs and apprenticeships available. It’s an amazing building to study, train and work in.”

Advanced Technologies Centre - Opened September 2016

Advanced Technologies Centre – Opened September 2016