The Manchester College Openshaw campus Caddick Construction

The Manchester College celebrates build progress at its Openshaw Campus

The roof on our new centrepiece sports hall is now fully fitted.

Construction of state-of-the-art industry standard facilities at The Manchester College’s Openshaw campus has reached an exciting milestone in the build process as Caddick Construction completed the fit of the1,650 sq metre roof on the centrepiece sports hall.

The indoor sport facility will host a six-court multi-discipline sports hall with viewing gallery together with a media suite with match analysis capability. The build – which is part of a new £25M investment in redeveloping the Openshaw campus - remains on schedule to open to students in the College’s Centre of Excellence for Sport in September 2021.

The sports centre is at the heart of the development which broke ground in July 2020. The expansive roof over the state-of-the-art facility took five weeks of precision work to successfully lower and secure into place.

Alongside the sports facilities will be the Industry Excellence Academies which include:

  • a state of the art hospital suite including a mock hospital ward with infectious disease area for Health and Social Care students; specialist facilities for carpentry, joinery, brickwork and plastering for students in Construction and Engineering and a mock nursery setting for students studying Childhood Studies plus a motor vehicle learning facility.

Managing Director of Caddick Construction’s North West office, Ian Threadgold said: “The roof going on smoothly was a major milestone for the team and it was completed on schedule, despite the Manchester climate pretty much throwing everything at us.

The facility is really starting to take shape now and it will offer the very latest training and educational opportunities for students arriving back in September.

Alongside the sports facilities will be a state of the art hospital suite including a mock hospital ward with infectious disease area for students in the Industry Excellence Academy for Health and Social Care; specialist facilities for carpentry, joinery, brickwork and plastering for students in the Industry Excellence Academy for Construction and Engineering; a mock nursery setting for students in the Industry Excellence Academy for Childhood Studies and a motor vehicle learning facility.

The construction project has, so far, created jobs on site for forklift drivers, labourers, apprentice engineers, cleaners and gatemen. It has also provided critical hands-on training opportunities for students from The Manchester College studying on the ACE-accredited Build Environment BTEC course.

The construction is part of LTE Group’s £140M long-term investment strategy in response to an increase in demand for regional training and skills. The investment in the construction training facilities is proving to be particularly timely as the North West construction and logistics sectors enjoy a boom fuelled by national and international inward investment to the region.

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal at The Manchester College commented: “We are delighted that the construction is on schedule and are looking forward to welcoming our first students into these brand new facilities this September, to study on our childcare, healthcare and construction Industry Excellence Academies and in our Centre of Excellence for Sport.”

John Thornhill, Chief Executive of LTE Group added: “We are delighted that the construction is on schedule and are looking forward to welcoming our first students into these brand new facilities this September, to study on our sports, healthcare and construction courses.

“Investing in our Openshaw Campus is just one element of a broader £140M investment into new facilities, which includes the brand new five storey city centre campus currently under construction next to the AO Arena in Manchester city centre which will open to students September 2022.”


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