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Customer Services, Citizens Advice and Cash Box move to Tameside One

Posted on: March 1st, 2019

TAMESIDE Council’s Customer Services and Welfare Rights, Citizens Advice and Cash Box Credit Union have all moved from Ashton’s Clarence Arcade.

They’ve joined Jobcentre Plus and Ashton Library in moving into Tameside One and will open their doors to customers on Monday 4th March.

The new Joint Public Service Centre at Tameside One lets residents visit all of these services in one building, rather than travelling to different locations.

The brand new building is at Market Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 6BH. It’s on the former site of Tameside Council’s administration building and will provide residents with more cost effective and customer friendly facilities.

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Tameside One brings customer services under one roof

Posted on: February 26th, 2019

TAMESIDE One will be the first building of its kind to offer a host of customer service facilities under one roof when it opens on Monday. (March 4)

Residents will have access to a state-of-the-art library, Tameside Council’s Customer Services and Welfare Rights, Citizens Advice, Cash Box Credit Union and Jobcentre Plus.

The new Joint Public Service Centre lets residents visit all of these in one building, rather than travelling to different locations.

Based on Market Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, on the former site of Tameside Council’s administration building, it will provide residents with more cost effective and customer friendly facilities.

Tameside One is also home to Tameside College’s 7,000 m2 Advanced Skills Centre, which will now open in March following an extensive fit out of the facilities. The campus will provide students with a state-of-the-art learning environment that features a 60 seat fine dining restaurant and hair and beauty salon that will be open to the public. And Wilko’s new retail space will open at Tameside One later in the year.

Part of the Vision Tameside project, it will bring hundreds of new staff and students to Ashton town centre, boosting the town centre economy.

Vision Tameside is one of the first public sector projects of its scale affected by the liquidation of Carillion to come to completion, with similar projects across the country either on hold or reporting delays of up to two years.

Robertson Construction Group Limited, one of the largest independently owned construction companies in the UK, replaced Carillion as main contractor. The agreement secured work for local building firms and ensured all apprentices working on the development are able to complete their apprenticeships.

Replacing the ageing Council offices, which were too large, no longer fit for purpose and too expensive to run, with a smaller building incorporating the latest energy-saving technology and shared with partners, will also save taxpayers money.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: “Our residents will be able to access a host of services under one roof and make use of a brand new library, all inside this fantastic new building. And college students will soon be able to use the state-of-the-art facilities in the new Tameside College building, giving them the best possible educational facilities.”

Now that construction has finished, work has begun on completing the public realm surrounding the building, which will connect Ashton Market Square, Tameside One and the transport hub, and to bring forward plans for the refurbishment of Ashton Town Hall. The transport hub is expected to open in spring 2020, providing an attractive gateway and making it much easier to change between modes of transport, like trams and buses.

Central Library to move to new home at Tameside One – with longer opening hours

Posted on: January 28th, 2019

Tameside Central Library is moving to a new state-of-the-art building at Market Place, Ashton.

The current library at Old Street, Ashton will close at 3pm on Saturday 2 February 2019. The new Ashton Library – part of the Tameside One flagship development – will open at 8.30am on Monday 4 March 2019.

Ashton Library will then have longer opening hours – opening on Mondays and also opening from 8.30 a.m. instead of 9 a.m.

Cllr Brenda Warrington, leader of Tameside Council, said: “Our new state-of-the-art library will offer the full range of services from print and audio books to business and health information, with public computers and free wi-fi. And as a bonus it will be in the same building as the council’s Customer Services, Welfare Rights, Citizens Advice, Jobcentre Plus and the Cash Box Credit Union.”

During the period between the old library closing and the new opening, residents will still be able to access the full range of library services in a variety of ways. Cllr Leanne Feeley, the Council’s Executive Member for Lifelong Learning said:

“You can also use any of Tameside’s other seven libraries. And you can renew your loans online, by phoning 342 2031 or by contacting any other Tameside library. There’s more information on our website at tameside.gov.uk/libraries.

“And if you register for our Open+ scheme, you’ll have even greater flexibility, because Open+ gives you a self-service option to use Tameside’s libraries for much longer opening hours.”

Tameside Council has confirmed that the old library building will be used to house council staff. Leanne Feeley said, “It’s a much-loved building so we’re really pleased to be able to keep it in service as part of Tameside’s living, working architectural heritage.”

The Local Studies and Archive Centre will remain open via Cotton Street East.

Tameside One to be completed in the New Year

Posted on: December 7th, 2018

The flagship Vision Tameside development will be completed in the New Year and will be named Tameside One.

Work on the building – 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 – is progressing well with handover dates being finalised.

The new library, customer services, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Cashbox, Welfare Rights and Job Centre Plus are expected to open in February with the rest of the building, the college facilities and Wilko to fully open later in the year.

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

Vision Tameside is one of the first public sector projects of its scale affected by the liquidation of subcontractor Carillion to have agreed arrangements to completion, with similar projects across the country either on hold or reporting delays of up to two years.

Robertson Construction Group Limited, one of the largest independently owned construction companies in the UK, replaced Carillion as subcontractor. Robertson signed an Early Works Agreement with Inspiredspaces Tameside Limited (LEP), who are contracted to design and build the flagship development. The agreement secures work for the local supply chain and includes a pledge for apprentices working on the development to be able to complete their apprenticeships.

Additional services that were provided by Carillion, including catering contracts with some schools and facilities management, have also been taken over by Robertson. The council has made it imperative that the terms and conditions of transferring staff are protected and has released £9million of funding to ensure Vision Tameside’s completion.

Vision Tameside will bring thousands of new staff and students to Ashton town centre, boosting the retail economy.

Replacing the ageing Council administrative building, which was too large, no longer fit for purpose and too expensive to run, with a smaller building incorporating the latest energy-saving technology and shared with partners, will also save taxpayers money.

Vision Tameside has also secured the future of prestigious buildings across the borough, bringing investment to all our town centres.

Tameside Council staff will be relocated to these historical buildings, bringing them back to life and keeping them maintained.

The new transport hub in Ashton-under-Lyne is expected to open in spring 2020, providing an attractive gateway and making it much easier to change between modes of transport, like trams and buses. New public realm work will connect Ashton Market Square, Tameside One and Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: “I’m delighted that Tameside One is nearing completion and that the New Year will bring a bright new start for Tameside when work can begin on opening this flagship development.

“The key to Tameside’s long-term future economic success is investing in its young people and Vision Tameside will ensure that students from across the borough will be provided with state-of-the-art facilities with excellent transport links on their doorsteps.”

To see a video on the progress so far, visit the Tameside Council YouTube page

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.