The Manchester College - part of the LTE Group – recently appointed Bond Bryan and SimpsonHaugh to design their New City Centre Campus, opening in 2021/22. We are thrilled to be delivering this new facility which will serve both higher and further education students and comprise exciting and flexible teaching and learning facilities that meet the future skills needs of the local and regional economy.
The new campus delivers an important component of the city council’s skills strategy, and continues the regeneration and transformation of this part of Manchester, bringing a vibrant new student amenity into the city’s 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 developing around Great Ducie Street.
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 over 30 years, SimpsonHaugh has contributed to the reinvention of Manchester, championing excellence and quality throughout the built environment whilst education sector specialist, Bond Bryan, has worked with over 100 further education and higher education institutions to deliver a range of projects over their 20 years of practice.
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.