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Published 27 October 2020
Lawyers from DAC Beachcroft’s Construction and Engineering and Procurement teams have been advising LTE Group, the parent company of The Manchester College, on the construction of its new build £93m campus on the ex-Boddington’s Brewery site in Manchester and the £25m regeneration of its Openshaw campus.
The brewery, founded in 1778, was demolished in 2007 and the site became a car park. Once developed, the new campus, which will be situated opposite the Manchester Arena and Victoria station, will provide space for film, recording and photography studios, editing suites and two theatres. The new build development is one of the largest investments in further education and skills in the region for more than 30 years.
The Openshaw campus, in East Manchester, serves the College’s sports, healthcare and construction and motor vehicle students. The new state-of-the-art teaching facility will include a six court sports hall, outdoor pitch, gym and sports lab; a health suite with a hospital ward and infectious disease area for healthcare students; and brand new workshops for construction, mechanics and engineering students.
James Harrison, partner at DAC Beachcroft and lead construction lawyer on the projects for LTE, said, “The construction of the City Centre campus will create a flagship property in the College’s ambitious programme of development and consolidation. Coupled with the extensive regeneration of the Openshaw campus, it represents a significant step forward for Manchester College. We are delighted to have played our part in these developments, which represent a huge investment in further education and skills for the city.”
John Thornhill, Chief Executive at LTE Group, comments on the partnership approach, “DAC Beachcroft have provided invaluable guidance, expertise and direction that has enabled this flagship project to progress at such pace. We are grateful for their input, which means we are now progressing with the build at both sites; ultimately providing excellent and unrivalled education centres for our students.”
The team at DAC Beachcroft worked closely with LTE Estates department, the external project managers, Pearson Fraser and as part of a fully integrated project team on each site. DAC Beachcroft advised on procurement, the full range of design and construction contracts and the construction due diligence to support the financing of the projects. The building contracts for the City Centre campus and the Openshaw campus have been awarded to Willmott Dixon and Caddick Construction respectively. Construction works have started on both sites.
DAC Beachcroft also advised LTE on the initial acquisition of the ex-Boddington’s Brewery site after assisting LTE with its review of a number of potential city centre locations and providing initial due diligence as part of the selection process.
The Construction and Engineering team forms part of the wider DAC Beachcroft Real Estate practice, which is one of the UK’s largest, and provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary service in a broad range of sectors.