Willmott Dixon secures £54m order to build Manchester College’s facility
August 11, 2020 – UK-based construction firm Willmott Dixon has secured a £54m contract from the LTE Group to deliver the first phase of The Manchester College’s learning centre of excellence for creative and digital industries.
The four-storey development is located on the site of the city’s former Boddingtons brewery at the corner of New Bridge Street and Great Ducie Street.
Designed by Bond Bryan and SimpsonHaugh architects, the project will feature two industry-standard theatres, film studios, media, computing and editing suites, plus recording and photography studios, dance studios and rehearsal rooms as well as practical spaces for hospitality, media make-up and special effects.
Willmott Dixon managing director in the North Anthony Dillon said: “This new college campus is a real statement of intent by Manchester that it’s one of the UK’s foremost centres of learning for industries that will help shape a dynamic future economy for the UK.
“The UK is a world leader for creative and digital technology and this college will ensure it stays that way for many generations to come.”
The campus, which is located opposite to the Arena and Manchester Victoria Station, will become home to the College’s Industry Excellence Academy for Creative and Digital Industries, and UCEN Manchester’s Arden School of Theatre and Manchester Film School.
LTE Group chief executive John Thornhill said: “We are delighted to appoint Willmott Dixon to deliver this ambitious build strategy which is the catalyst for growth in education and skills across Greater Manchester.
“It comes at a time of economic and employment uncertainty, and will underpin the development of the region’s thriving media, creative and digital industries and will stimulate job creation and new company start-ups across the North West.”
The new facility is scheduled to open in September 2022.