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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

Art to arrive at Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne)

Posted on: December 16th, 2016

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has appointed artist Michael Condron to create and install artwork at the new Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne).

Michael has a proven track record of delivering this kind of project. He graduated from St. Martin’s College in 1995, and his first piece of public art, The Martian, was installed shortly afterwards. He has since completed a number of major commissions in diverse settings and specialises in larger-than-life sculptures.

Commenting on his appointment, Michael said: “I am excited to begin work on this commission.  Public art can express community values and enhance an environment.

“My initial proposal for this commission, which I presented during the selection process, was based on feedback I gained from people in Tameside. I plan to work with local people to design a piece of public art that will reflect the area’s heritage.”

Michael, supported by ArtReach consultants, has also been successful in securing Heritage Lottery funding, which aims to preserve the nation’s heritage and make it more accessible to people.

Tameside Council Executive Member Cllr Peter Robinson, who sits on the TfGM Committee, said: “Michael will work with the local community – from school children to community groups – to deliver a fantastic piece of art for Tameside Interchange, creating a highly engaging and welcoming transport environment.

“The improved interchange is being developed to encourage more people to travel to, from and within Tameside to access jobs, learning and leisure. This supports Tameside Council’s long-term strategy, which is to build greater economic prosperity and transform learning and skills in the borough.”

Once completed, the new interchange will have improved facilities, including a covered concourse and seated waiting area, a ticket and information outlet, retail facilities and a café.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “State-of-the-art facilities at the new interchange will encourage more local people to use public transport, and Michael’s artwork will be a great addition to it – it will be there for everyone to enjoy.”

Planning permission for the interchange was granted earlier this year and work is due to start in 2017. Delivered by TfGM, funding for Tameside Interchange (Ashton-under-Lyne) is being supported by central government through the Greater Manchester Local Growth Deal Programme with additional support from Heritage Lottery funding.

If you want to get involved in future events and engagement regarding the art work and local heritage, email

Tameside’s vision set in steel

Posted on: December 6th, 2016

CONSTRUCTION of Tameside’s joint public service centre formally began today (Tuesday 6 December), with a steel-signing ceremony at the central Ashton site.

The building, which Tameside Council will share with Tameside College is the culmination of the Vision Tameside project and replaces TAC, the authority’s demolished administrative complex.

Tameside Council’s executive leader, Cllr Kieran Quinn, attended the ceremony at which he, Tameside College principal Jackie Moores, and college governors John Lyne and Joan Ryan wrote commemorative messages on a steel beam.

Cllr Quinn said: “The deteriorating condition of the old TAC complex, which was quickly built 35 years ago, meant it was increasingly expensive to operate. It would have cost around £4 million to bring up to standard, and it had become far too big for the number of staff we now employ.

“It was simply not fit for purpose in the context of modern working practices and council service delivery.

“Our new centre, which we will share with Tameside College, will be much cheaper to maintain. When you add in consolidation and the reuse of other buildings, it will save us almost £55 million over the next 30 years. It’s a 21st century building for a 21st century authority.”

Jackie Moores added: “After the new Clarendon College, and the advanced technologies centre at Beaufort Road, we are really looking forward to the completion of the joint public service centre which Tameside College will share with the council.

“All three buildings will offer exciting opportunities for students from all parts of the borough to study courses in state-of-the-art facilities.”

The installation of 473 reinforced concrete piles began several weeks ago. The beam that was signed is part of a steel frame weighing 1,500 tonnes. TAC’s foundations have been crushed to form a platform for the piling rig, and as a formation level for the building work. This saves on material costs and reduces vehicle movements.

At around 22 metres (72ft) the new centre will be roughly the same height as TAC and a little taller than the neighbouring Victorian town hall and water board building. However, it will be significantly smaller in terms of space, and will be energy efficient. Solar panels are an integral feature of the roof.

Clarendon College, phase one of the Vision Tameside project, opened in the autumn of 2015 and the advanced technologies centre at Tameside College’s Beaufort Road campus, is now accepting its first students.

The new joint service centre – the second phase – will be open in 2018.


New build project offers work experience to students

Posted on: November 16th, 2016

Tameside College Construction and Building Services students are being given the opportunity to carry out work experience on the site of the new Tameside College building in Ashton town centre.

The first phase of the work experience with Carillion, will see general construction students, Lewis Marsden, Jake Watson and Connor Jackson complete a range of ground work, in preparation for the build to begin.

During the course of the build, a number of students will take part in the project in areas including: scaffolding, electrical installation, plumbing, tiling, decorators and more. Each student will complete two weeks’ work experience.

The new campus, which is part of the Vision Tameside project, will be a joint service centre owned by Tameside College and Tameside Council.  It will house service sector industries from the college, including: hair and beauty and bakery and catering.

Carl Shaw, curriculum leader for construction and building services at Tameside College, said: “It is great that our students get to work alongside some of the most experienced trades people and work on site with Carillion during the first stage of the college’s new building. We always encourage students to take part in opportunities like this one as it is good for their CV. We also work with a range of companies to offer different experiences to our students and are always looking for companies to support our work experience programme.”

If you would like to offer any students from Tameside College work experience, contact the college for more information 0161 908 6600.

Students celebrate opening of new technologies centre

Posted on: October 14th, 2016
Students at Tameside College are settling in to their brand new Advanced Technologies Centre which opened its doors in September. The new building at the college’s Beaufort Road site completes the first phase of the ‘Vision Tameside’ plan.

The Advanced Technologies Centre is key to the college’s plan to develop apprenticeships and higher education in science, technology, engineering and maths (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.

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.”

The Advanced Technologies Centre accommodates a range of specialisms including: electronics, engineering, science, hydraulics, computer coding, medical and forensic laboratories.  The new site follows the opening of Clarendon Sixth Form College last October, in Ashton-under-Lyne, to complete the first phase of the ‘Vision Tameside’ plan. Built by Kier and designed by IBI Taylor and Young, the Advanced Technologies Centre has been constructed following a £10.5 million investment into the education facilities in Tameside.

Daniel Hullock, a HND Computing student at Tameside College and former Copley Academy student, said: “I really like the new building. It has a great atmosphere and is a lovely building to work in. It’s nice that each subject area have their own dedicated space or floor which has the latest equipment making learning a more motivating experience.”

Isha Ahmed, a level 3 Engineering student at Tameside College and a former New Charter Academy student who has progressed from level 2 engineering into the new build, said: “The new building is amazing. It has a really social vibe to it with all the break out areas and it’s great to have so much space for each area so you can share ideas with likeminded people. Thanks to the support of my teachers helping me progress to level 3, I want to go to the University of Salford and study engineering further.”

It’s not only students that are excited about the opening, staff are also pleased about the new facilities and what it means for the future of their students. Chris Thompson, engineering teacher at Tameside College, said: “There is no other college in the area that is investing into STEM like Tameside College is, which is what makes coming here a great learning experience. Future generations coming to the college will have a bright new building to study engineering in and state-of-the-art equipment to learn with, which will significantly help them progress into university and industry.”

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

Advanced Technologies Centre

Advanced Technologies Centre

Vision Tameside Phase 2: M&E Meet The Buyer – One to One Meeting Day

Posted on: August 19th, 2016

As part of Vision Tameside Phase 2 (VTP2) we will be holding a M&E ‘Meet the Buyer’ – One to One Meeting Day, for the first packages of work to be procured on the VTP2 project, in Ashton Market Hall on 2nd September.

If your business is capable of delivering one or more of the M&E packages, and are interested in bidding, you will be able to meet with the buyer to discuss your capabilities and their requirements. Meeting slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The packages available in this round of procurement are listed in the registration information which can be found by following this link:

As part of the meeting you will be asked to complete a short form about your business and return this by 12 noon 30th August. Following this meeting (within 1-2 weeks), you will receive feedback from the buyer, and will be notified of whether you have been shortlisted, to receive an invitation to tender.

If you want to register your interest but are unable to attend one of the time slots available, please sign up to our waiting list. We will let you know if a slot becomes available, or if a new date is added due to significant demand.

To sign up visit:


Students add finishing touches to new build

Posted on: June 9th, 2016

Construction students from Tameside College had the exciting opportunity to work on the new Advanced Technologies Centre based at the Beaufort Road site with construction firm, Kier.

Students from an array of construction trades including: joinery and carpentry, plumbing, painting and decorating, bricklaying and electrical joined the Kier workforce to assist in the final stage of the building’s construction.

Phil Jones, Construction Project Manager at Kier, said: “Construction is a big industry that is always seeking fresh talent like these students from Tameside College. We have never conducted work experience on this scale before so we’re really pleased with the positive response from the workers onsite. They have really enjoyed being mentors to the students and helping them gain hands-on experience on a real-life construction site. These students are going to be our employees of the future so this sort of work experience is so important for their future career prospects.”

A celebration was held at the new Advanced Technologies Centre to commemorate the success of the work experience project. Level 2 carpentry student, Brandon Williams was chosen as the best work experience learner for his hard-working attitude and talent he showcased in his woodwork. With some encouraging words from the Project Manager, Brandon accepted his prize; choosing his own box of specialist tools to further hone his craft.

Brandon, a former Glossopdale Community College student said: “It has been an amazing experience working with Kier on Tameside College’s new build. I didn’t know what to expect when I first came onsite but the workers made us all feel welcome. I really enjoyed my time on the work placement as it has boosted my confidence and now I feel that I’m more determined than ever to pursue a career in carpentry.”

Gail Clifford, Work Experience Manager at Tameside College who set up the student work experience with Kier, said: “The students have done exceptionally well, conducting themselves professionally throughout their work experience, whether it was for a day or two weeks and we’re really proud of them. Work experience plays a key role when student’s finish college as it sets them apart in the working world and makes them more well- rounded candidates in the application process.”

Latest Construction Newsletter

Posted on: May 18th, 2016

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