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30 + 28 Mar 2019

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Bond Bryan & SimpsonHaugh collaborate on new City Centre Campus

The Manchester College – part of the LTE Group – has appointed leading architects Bond Bryan and Simpson Haugh to design the next phase of a brand new city centre educational campus in Manchester, opening in 2021/22.

Manchester College Building: City Centre Campus
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The aim for the new city campus is to create a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for higher and further education students – comprising exciting and flexible teaching and learning facilities that meet the future skills needs of the local and regional economy. The new campus also forms an important part of the continuing regeneration and transformation of Manchester – bringing a vibrant new student amenity into the city’s centre.

Working in collaboration, Bond Bryan and SimpsonHaugh offer the different and highly complementary skills and experience needed to create and deliver a truly innovative and inspiring City Campus for The Manchester College.

As education sector specialists, over the last 20 years Bond Bryan has worked with over 100 further education and higher education institutions, in delivering services from estate strategy and space needs analysis to the design and implementation of over 50 major redevelopment projects.

For over 30 years, SimpsonHaugh has contributed to the reinvention of Manchester, championing excellence and quality throughout the built environment. The design-led architectural practice has developed excellent relationships across the city and has delivered architecturally-striking, commercially-successful and award-winning schemes.

The two architectural practices are supported by a wider consultant team including cost and project manager Pearson Fraser Ltd, structural engineer AECOM, fire and acoustic engineer Hoare Lee, services engineer and BREEAM assessor Building Design Partnership, and principal designer Robinson Low Francis.

The acquisition of this prime site – close to major transport hubs and at the heart of a major regeneration scheme – has been made possible by the strategic support of both Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The proposed new city centre campus forms a key part of Manchester City Council’s skills strategy, and will make a major contribution to the city’s vision for the Great Ducie Street ‘Strategic Regeneration Framework’.

John Thornhill, Chief Executive of the LTE Group, commented: “The vision for this exciting new educational learning centre is to develop ‘centres of excellence’ in partnership with the region’s employers, and with a strong focus on the skills required by the region’s growth sectors – including creative and digital, as well as business, financial and professional services in phase 2. This will be a landmark college for Manchester, providing future students with innovative ways of learning and preparing them for employment.”

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal at The Manchester College, said: “We are excited to work with leading architects Bond Bryan and SimpsonHaugh on this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a centre of educational excellence for the city, with opportunities for thousands of students to join from 2021/22.”

Matthew Hutton, Director, Bond Bryan said: “We are delighted to be involved in this new campus in collaboration with the wider project team – in creating a distinctive new learning destination and forming an important part of the continuing regeneration and transformation of the City Centre.”

David Green, Partner, SimpsonHaugh, said: “We are thrilled to be delivering a new education facility in the heart of Manchester City Centre. The building’s innovative teaching space, performances spaces, creative studios and training facilities will be key to creating a distinctive sense of place for the new neighbourhood which is developing around Great Ducie Street.”

About Bond Bryan
Bond Bryan was founded in 1987 and the aspirations of Jon Bond and John Bryan still hold true to this day: to deliver quality buildings – designed with real understanding, expertise and creativity – that exceed the expectations of their clients.

Bond Bryan have been working with further education colleges – to respond to the ever-changing needs of the sector, for over 25 years – by creating exciting and flexible learning environments that support the educational vision. Their focus is upon the creation of lasting, sustainable environments that will enrich the lives of people and their communities.

The practice won three prestigious RIBA Awards in 2018 – two of which were for their design for the award-winning National College for High Speed Rail, Doncaster Campus, and one for the Advanced Manufacturing Building at the University of Nottingham. Education lies at the heart of Bond Bryan and it was with great joy that they were named Education Estates ‘Architectural Practice of the Year 2018’.

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For further information about Bond Bryan please go to: / @bondbryan

About SimpsonHaugh
SimpsonHaugh’s passion for responsible, uplifting and beautiful design has informed their approach since 1987, when Rachel Haugh and Ian Simpson were united by a shared belief that innovative architectural thought has the power to shape and transform our cities. These guiding principles and the underlying themes of urban renewal, sustainability and design excellence inform and direct the ambition and quality of their work, which spans a range of building functions and solutions.

Having spearheaded the masterplan for rebuilding Manchester’s city centre after the1996 IRA bomb, SimpsonHaugh has gone on to design and deliver a number of the city’s most significant buildings, most notably Urbis (The National Football Museum), No.1 Deansgate, Beetham Hilton Tower, the Town Hall Extension, Two St Peter’s Square and No.1 Spinningfields.

Projects currently in progress include: Manchester New Square, and the skyline changing Deansgate Square and Crown Street (Elizabeth Tower) in Manchester; the almost complete Engineering Innovation Centre in Preston for University of Central Lancashire; and in London, Westfield M7, HMRC’s new office in Stratford, and mixed-use scheme, One Blackfriars. Internationally, Queen Elisabeth Hall, a new world-class and acoustically exemplary concert hall in Antwerp, recently completed.

SimpsonHaugh and Partners

For further information about SimpsonHaugh please go to: / @simpsonhaugh

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