CREATE Construction has begun work on a new £1.1m educational scheme aimed at creating the entrepreneurs of the future.
The Blackpool-based construction firm started work on the business incubation centre at Ask Developments’ St Petersfield scheme in Ashton-under-Lyne.
The £1.1m scheme, which is due to last 26 weeks, is the first scheme that the Blackpool firm has undertaken for Ask, the firm tasked with redeveloping large areas of Manchester, as well as Lancashire Cricket Club.
Create, has recently moved into new premises on Whitehills Business Park and has a growing order book.
Paul Mathison, managing director, said; “This is another great opportunity for Create and we are delighted to be working on such a worthwhile project.
“Our expertise of working within the education sector was a key factor in us securing this new build project and we look forward to working with Tameside College and Ask Developments.”
The new facility will provide the college with an enterprise and incubation centre offering a range of services for budding entrepreneurs. The philosophy is to provide a hub where people and companies can develop their ideas in a business creation unit, with the outcome being a well founded business proposal ready for development into a fully fledged operation.
The scheme is being delivered through a public/private sector partnership, with £14.5m of Northwest Regional Development Agency and European Regional Development Fund money already committed to the 5.2-hectare site. Designed by Aedas Architects, the building will cover three floors and will provide an enterprise laboratory, incubation space and a small cafe with an outdoor seating area. The café will be open to local businesses and the general public as well as staff and clients.
Work began with a ground breaking ceremony on site, with members of the college, Ask Developments and Create Construction all present.
Work is due to finish in August, with the College ready to open its doors to aspiring entrepreneurs and businesses.
Peter Ryder, Principal at Tameside College, said, “The centre will provide a unique range of services for aspiring entrepreneurs and local businesses. I’m looking forward to welcoming our first generation of tenants.”