A FYLDE builder’s work was given the royal seal of approval on completion.
The Duke of Gloucester officially opened Tameside College’s new enterprise and business incubation centre at Ask Developments’ St Petersfield scheme in Ashton-under-Lyne.
The opening marks another landmark success for Whitehills business park-based Create Construction as they handed over the new build, three-storey facility to Tameside College, who will start with a new student intake within the next few weeks.
Create managing director Paul Mathison, operations manager, Dylan Kane and project QS, David Worsley were amongst distinguished guests to welcome His Royal Highness.
The Duke, a former architect himself, congratulated the Create team and commented on their effective space planning, despite the building being on very restricted site, together with the excellent standard and high quality of the building. It provides the college with an enterprise and incubation centre which will support budding entrepreneurs.
The 10,000 sq ft innovation centre covers three floors and provides an enterprise laboratory, incubation space and a café 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 on site in February.
Mr Mathison, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in such a worthwhile project.
“We have produced an innovative and contemporary building that we hope will be the birthplace for many promising entrepreneurs in the future and we wish the college every success in their new surroundings.”
The scheme is being delivered through a public/private sector partnership, with £14.5m of Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), HCA and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) money already committed to the 5.2-hectare (13-acre) site.