Bury College is in consultation regarding plans to open a brand-new centre to further expand the offer of Health, Innovation and related technologies.
The new centre, which is due to open in September 2022, is a welcomed addition to Bury College. As digital technology proves to increase in popularity and the demand for healthcare rises, this new centre will offer young people the opportunity to train in a range of areas and prepare them for industry in employment sectors of key importance to Bury and Greater Manchester economies.
The £8.6million new centre proposal would represent a significant financial investment for Bury’s economy. Funds for the project are supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Department for Education as well as the College.
The new building would be a purpose-built centre offering a range of courses from advanced through to degree level. The centre will also be used for the delivery of the Government’s new Health and Digital T Levels which are technical qualifications that offer classroom, practical and on-the-job experience. T Levels are equivalent to 3 A-levels and are a post-16 option for school leavers who are interested in studying a range of sectors including digital, science, education and childcare.
The purpose-built centre has been designed to support healthcare and digital technologies and is proposed to feature a range of state-of-the-art facilities such as a laboratory, simulated hospital ward and simulated domestic home as well as a digital environment and IT suites to support students in their practical learning. The building will be a contemporary design which has been informed by high sustainability credentials and utilising materials sympathetic to existing surrounding buildings.
The new centre will be located close to Bury College Enterprise Centre and Woodbury Centre and built on the site occupied by the vacant Peel Health Centre off Trinity Street, which will be demolished as part of the proposals. The proposed new building will be built across four storeys totalling over 2,500 sq. m of new floorspace and will become part of a ‘gateway’ site, strengthening the links between Bury College and the rest of the town.
The Bury Town Centre location means students will benefit from the excellent public transport connections at Bury Interchange as well as the wide range of shops and services. The new centre will be based closely to the other college buildings which will further enhance the existing Bury College campus.
The proposed new build is an exciting new development which will introduce a wide range of opportunities to young people and the local community. The development will meet three main sustainability objectives which include economic, social and environmental.
The College is interested in hearing from the general public and we invite you to share your views on this exciting new development which will be a huge benefit to the community of Bury. Your views and suggestions will inform the consideration of the proposals as we enter the planning application phase.*
You can submit your comments by one of the following ways:
Complete the online form by clicking here
Post: Mosaic Town Planning, Bloc, 17 Marble Street, Manchester, M2 3AW
The consultation closes on Friday 26th March.
This webpage will be kept up-to-date with the latest information on the project.
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*As part of a planning application, we will submit to the Local Planning Authority a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI). This document will include all correspondence received but will not include any personal information which will be omitted if provided. This ensures all comments received are available to the Council during the consideration of the application. As the SCI forms part of the formal application documents, the Council may publish this information online, subject to their own Data Protection policies.