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Competition: Campus masterplans, The Manchester College

The Manchester College
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The Manchester College (TMC) is recruiting a design team to overhaul a trio of campuses across Manchester

The winner of the £300,000 contract will draw up plans to regenerate the higher education college’s prominent Openshaw, Harpurhey and Wythenshawe sites.

The three projects are part of plans by the college – which is currently spread across 14 campuses – to reduce its overall estate from 103,000m² to around 60,000m², and introduce new facilities.

In the competition brief, TMC describes itself as ‘the largest provider of further education in the UK, with ambitious goals for the future and a strong vision to lead the way in the region, and the country.

‘TMC has a vision to be the leading college for progression and employability; with an aim to grow, and to be a leading provider of flexible, affordable, career-relevant university education.’

The Manchester College was founded in 1955 and is now the UK’s largest further education college, with more than 1,700 employees and 23,000 students. Courses on offer cover A-Level up to bachelors and masters degrees. The college also provides education to offenders in 42 prisons throughout England and in two probation areas.

The appointed team will develop an existing RIBA stage 1 proposal to upgrade the college’s main Openshaw Campus on Ashton Old Road. The project will create a new site access, new road, bus drop-off area and sports building with pitches and other facilities. New landscaping and car parks will also be required.

The Wythenshawe Campus (pictured) in the south of the city will, meanwhile, see a new building completed in 2011, remodelled to provide additional office space and administrative areas.

The Harpurhey Campus will see its existing refractory redeveloped to provide a public-facing venue for work experience in hair dressing, leisure, catering, baking and food retail.

Teams bidding for the work should include an architect and lead designer; planning consultant; landscape architect; civil, structural and highways engineer; building services engineer and BREEAM assessor.

The deadline for applications is 4pm, 22 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Stewart Maloney
LTE Group
Whitworth House
Ashton Old Road
M11 2WH

Tel: +44 1616743886
Email: smaloney@ltegroup.co.uk


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