College Vision to become a reality.
Tuesday 6th May 2014 @ 08:00 by Anna Fletcher

Phase One of the £76m pound Tameside Vision development is set to become reality after plans were approved last week.

The first phase, to be ready by September 2015, will deliver an Advanced Technologies Centre at Tameside College’s Beaufort Road site in Ashton plus an Advanced Learning Centre in the heart of the town.

Approval for the construction of both buildings was given at the latest speakers’ panel meeting.

Vision Tameside is a redevelopment strategy put together by Tameside Council with Tameside College, which will ultimately transform the centre of Ashton, with two more phases in the pipeline which will see the building of an Advanced Skills Centre for the college and Joint Service Centre for the council plus a redevelopment of the college’s Beaufort Road campus.

But the first proposal is to create a new six-storey Advanced Learning Centre at the existing Beaufort Road site in Ashton.

The area is currently occupied by the college’s former theatre and a classroom extension to the Sports Hall.

It would provide engineering, computing, green technologies and motor vehicle learning facilities.

The second proposal to be approved was for a four-
storey Advanced Learning Centre to be built on the council car park opposite the Tameside Administration Complex on Camp Street in Ashton.

A portion of the site would still remain as a public car park and the building would accommodate over a thousand students and 46 staff, bringing together three areas of study; A Levels, Digital and Creative Skills and Performing Arts.

Within there would be laboratories, media suites, digital art spaces, dance studios as well as a 200 seat theatre that could accommodate touring and community theatre projects as well as student performances.

More on Vision Tameside in this week’s Tameside Reporter out now.