There is a lot going on in and around Ashton Town Centre!
1. Road Improvements – Park Parade and the BT and ASDA roundabouts
The two projects are now moving forward. Work at the BT roundabout has progressed significantly. Work at the ASDA roundabout is in its preliminary stages. Updates can be found on this link and come out approximately weekly. The page also includes links to .pdf files showing the plans in some details – see the two links towards the bottom of the web page.
2. VisionTameside – Tameside College in Town
Phase 1 – Advanced Learning Centre
Preliminary works are now underway on Camp Street Car Park and the Main contractor will start work in September. The College needs to be in and using the building by September 2015.
The project is a joint venture with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and has recently (24th July) received further financial backing through the Greater Manchester Growth Deal. The Growth Deal is worth almost £7m towards the College’s three-phase development plan. The funding supports the development of the Advanced Skills Centre in Ashton Town Centre, in partnership with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, and phase 3, the redevelopment of the Beaufort Road campus. It will provide funding for specialist advanced equipment for the new Advanced Engineering Centre which completes in September 2015.
Alongside the Town Centre building, Tameside College will be building an Advanced Technologies Centre on the Beaufort Road campus.
Phase 2 – Advanced Skills Centre and Joint Service Centre
The second phase will see the opening of the Advanced Skills Centre and Joint Service Centre (below), which will be shared with Tameside College, Wilkinson and Tameside MBC, on the site of the present TAC building (Tameside Council Offices). Originally, Tameside MBC had plans to move to a newly built cheaper building off Old Cross Street. Spending £13 million on the present proposal creates an integrated plan for the redevelopment of the town centre and will save approximately £1.5 million/annum in running costs.
Phase 3 – Beaufort Road
As part of Tameside College’s VisionTameside, Phase 3, the Beaufort Road campus will be refurbished and upgraded.
3. Transport Interchange
Transport for Greater Manchester will be building a new Transport Interchange on the north side of the Arcades Shopping Centre. Design work will start at the beginning of the new financial year. Could it look like the new interchange in Rochdale?