TAMESIDE ONE – the building at the heart of the Vision Tameside development – is scheduled to open next month.
The development will include Tameside College’s new Advanced Skills Centre, a 7,000 m2 building with state-of-the-art facilities, which will open its doors to students on Monday 25 February.
A brand-new Ashton Library, and a one-stop-shop for public services, will open a week later. The new Joint Public Service Centre will house the council’s Customer Services and Welfare Rights alongside Citizens Advice and the Cash Box Credit Union, and also Jobcentre Plus, which will open to the public on 5 March. Wilko’s new retail space will open later in the year.
Vision Tameside will boost Ashton town centre’s retail economy by bringing hundreds of council staff and large numbers of students and college employees there.
Councillor Brenda Warrington, Tameside Council Executive Leader, said: “I can’t wait for Tameside One to be open so that our residents can make the most of our wonderful new library and customer services and our college students can use the state-of-the-art facilities in the new Tameside College building.
“The finishing touches are now being carried out and we’ll soon be able to open the doors to this fantastic new asset for Tameside.
“The old Council administrative building was too large, no longer fit for purpose and too expensive to run. So replacing it with a smaller, shared building, which also has the latest energy-saving technology, will save taxpayers’ money.”
Vision Tameside’s future developments will include the new Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange, which is expected to open in spring 2020. The Interchange will provide an attractive gateway and will make it much easier to change between buses, trams and trains. There will be new public realm work connecting Ashton-under-Lyne Interchange with Tameside One and the Market Square.