The second phase of Vision Tameside has created a new Advanced Skills Centre for Tameside College, a new Joint Service Centre for Tameside Council and partners (incorporating a library), and a retail unit for Wilko. The development covers over 15,500 m2 in internal floor area.

The new developments are located on the site of the current main administration building in Ashton-under-Lyne. Robertson is completing the contract, following a sensitive design that sits alongside the prestigious Ashton Town Hall and old water board offices, both of which are listed buildings. The water board façade is integrated into the Tameside Council offices as part of the development.

A new skills centre for Tameside

The Advanced Skills Centre is approximately 7,000 m2 and provides modern learning spaces for the Tameside College. This new, exciting learning and skills centre is used by students studying vocational subjects such as hair and beauty, hospitality and catering, bakery and confectionery, travel and tourism and business skills.

Efficient, accessible local services

The new Joint Public Service Centre for Tameside Council and partners are around half the size of the existing council offices. It provides a more cost-effective and customer-friendly building that delivers considerable cost savings and provide better access to services for residents.

Improved public areas

Between the two main wings of the building is a high-quality external public area with seating and raised planters. This brings a more comfortable, open town centre environment, which acts as a welcoming route to the historic Ashton Marketplace and Arcades Shopping Centre, for people arriving from the bus terminal and train station.

Maintaining continuity and jobs

After the original contractor went into liquidation, Robertson entered an early works agreement with the client to assess the project and agree on how to progress the work to its conclusion. This allowed packages to be retendered, meaning that subcontractors could get back on site to restart work sooner.

• 95% of the existing supply chain has been maintained to complete the contract.

• 75% (14 members) of the original delivery team have been kept on and have become Robertson members of staff – representing all former Carillion employees who were still looking for jobs.

• We have honoured original agreements with small- and medium-sized enterprises from the original contractor, saving crucial time on open orders.

The project is hugely important in terms of improving the lives of young people and the economy of the borough.

– Tameside Council


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