Plans for a new campus in Benchill are one step nearer after the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) announced the project would receive funding.
Willow Park has been working closely with Paul Goggins MP and The Manchester College to campaign for the proposed campus to be included in the next stage of the FE Capital Programme following the over-allocation of funds by the LSC last year.
The Manchester College is planning a £28m development on Brownley Road which will help improve training and employment opportunities for people in Benchill and the wider Wythenshawe area.
Paul Goggins said: “I am delighted that the LSC have announced that The Manchester College’s plans for a new campus in Benchill have been included in the next round of the FE Capital Programme. It is one of only 13 schemes in the UK to get the go ahead.
“I have had meetings with Ministers over recent months to impress on them the importance of this new campus for people in Wythenshawe. This funding will help not only to build a new campus but also to transform the lives of many people living in the local area. I am pleased that the LSC have listened to the arguments.
“This new campus is a huge investment for Wythenshawe, offering residents in Benchill and the surrounding area the best possible opportunities to learn new skills. I am grateful to all those, including Willow Park Housing Trust, who have played a part and hope that construction work will begin in the near future.”
Peter Tavernor, Principal of the Manchester College, said : ”This is what the people of Wythenshawe really deserve. The new campus will offer state-of-the-art vocational training and facilities, including construction skills, and there will also be motor vehicle workshops and a sixth form centre.
“It will be designed to be a national exemplar of sustainable design excellence, and will include a Sustainable Construction Visitor Centre.
“I’m delighted to add that, as well as the Brownley Road Campus, our other capital projects in Harpurhey and Didsbury will also be going ahead – wonderful news for the City of Manchester.”
Joe Doherty, Chief Executive of Willow Park Housing Trust, said: “The Trust is very pleased to hear that The Manchester College’s Wythenshawe Campus bid is moving forward. The provision of this facility will be a tremendous asset to the area and we are looking forward to working with The Manchester College to get the construction underway.”