New Advanced Technologies Centre officially opens
Friday 19th May 2017 @ 15:59 by Adam Higgins
Ashton News

Tameside College has formally opened its new Advanced Technologies Centre in Ashton.

The iconic five-storey building on Stamford Street has been used by staff and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students since the start of the academic year last September.

But the college held a launch event on Friday afternoon to make it official.

Industry experts, councillors, dignitaries, invited guests and college staff had a tour of the new facility, which cost around £14 million to build and is part of the Vision Tameside redevelopment project in partnership with Tameside Council.

Brian Holliday, Managing Director for Siemens Digital Factory, which works closely with the college, was the guest of honour.

He cut the ribbon at the ceremony and unveiled a plaque with college principal and chief executive Jackie Moores to mark the building’s official opening.

Jackie said: “The Advanced Technologies Centre will benefit students, staff and employers by providing a modern learning environment that inspires the next generation of engineers.

“As the demand for advanced skills in science, technology, engineering and maths continues to grow, Tameside College will be at the forefront to develop talent for the sector.

“We’d like to thank everyone for coming to celebrate with us on this momentous occasion and to Brian for joining us as our special guest. He is a real STEM champion in the industry and the perfect person to open a new educational facility for engineers of the future.”

Brian added: “I was honoured to perform the official opening duties at the opening of the fantastic new technologies centre.

“There’s no question that we face a skills shortage in the future with engineering companies like mine, we need a pipeline of young talented people coming into the industry to help address the skills shortages.

“Tameside College is at the forefront of education, providing cutting edge learning facilities to support the growth of advanced engineering and technology in Tameside. This will make a big impact in the local area as well as Greater Manchester. I’m so pleased to be part of such a momentous occasion for the college.”

Mayor and masterpiece: Tameside’s Civic Mayor, Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick, next to a cake which reflected the look of the new building, made by a group of the college’s talented bakery students

There were also speeches from Andrew Beel, a World Skills champion who travelled all the way from Dundee for the event, and Cllr Kieran Quinn, the Executive Leader of Tameside Council.

While pupils from three secondary schools in Tameside were invited along.

Year 9 and 10 students from West Hill School in Stalybridge, Longdendale High School in Hollingworth and All Saints Catholic College in Dukinfield spent the afternoon having a look around the new state-of-the-art facilities – which includes £1 million of new high-tech equipment for robotics, hydraulics and CNC.

They also got involved in a number of activities, led by Tameside College staff, including 3D Modelling, CNC Machining and demonstrations of Robotics and power electric cars.

Tom Cassell, a former computing student and YouTube star who has amassed over 10 million subscribers on his gaming channel, TheSyndicateProject and is currently working with some of the world’s top gaming brands including Microsoft, also joined the celebrations.

Designed by employers and students, the Advanced Technologies Centre is key to the college’s plan to develop apprenticeships and higher education in STEM and supports the growth of advanced engineering and technology in Tameside.

The college also hosted a residents evening for the new build back in December, where members of the public from the local area enjoyed a presentation to find out more information about the centre.


Main picture:

It’s open: Guest of honour Brian Holliday (left) and Tameside College principal and CEO Jackie Moores cut the ribbon to mark the official opening of the centre and (below) unveil the plaque at the main entrance to the building