Following work with The Manchester College/LTE Group on its future estate strategy, SK was appointed to provide transport planning and highways advice on the College’s £100m plans for a new city centre campus. Located on the site of the former Boddingtons Brewery, the opening phase will provide nearly 20,000sqm of education space. The city centre campus is the most critical element of the College’s ambitious estate plan and will be the focus for relocating existing departments from other campuses to create a building with a focus on professional, digital and creative courses. The proposal, designed by SimpsonHaugh in partnership with Bond Bryan, includes a high-quality theatre facility with 230 seats, a studio theatre with 130 seats, rehearsal space, and suites for specialist music rooms, live rooms and recording studios.
The College has been designed to accommodate over 2500 people with measures developed by SK to support non-car movements and healthy, sustainable travel practices. Acknowledging its sustainable location, the proposal includes no car parking, other than for critical users, a high level of cycle parking and a robust Travel Plan.
SK provided transport planning and highway design advice for the planning application, including the preparation of a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan. Planning consent was granted in December.
SK was also involved in the Manchester College’s Openshaw campus redevelopment which was granted consent in July and continues to advise the College on its other land holdings.
Client: The Manchester College/LTE Group
Architect: SimpsonHaugh with Bond Bryan
Planner: Avison Young
[image courtesy of SimpsonHaugh]