The new centre at Bury College will introduce a wide range of opportunities for the local community to develop their skills and employment in the health, innovation and technology sectors.
Designed by architects Wilson Mason, the purpose-built centre will feature a range of state-of-the-art facilities including a laboratory, simulated hospital ward and domestic home, within a digital environment and IT suites to provide a practical learning environment for students. Built across four storeys, the 2,500m² centre will become a gateway linking the campus to Bury town centre and public transport connections.
The contemporary design is influenced by sustainability and using material sympathetic to the surroundings. The building is targeting Environmental BREEAM "Excellence" and includes cycle storage facilities, solar panel cells, mechanical ventilation and air source heat pumps.
Funding for this £8.6m development has been provided through grant funding, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), the Department for Education, as well as the college. A range of courses will be offered, including the Government's new Health and Digital T Levels.
G&T is providing Project Management services alongside Wilson Mason LLP (architects), Waterman (services and structural engineers), Iteriad Landscape Architects, RLB (cost consultants) and Ridge and Partners (BREEAM assessor and highways consultant).