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Transforming Beswick - Phase Two

01/09/2013 - 01/01/0001

Find out about the new community facilities for residents of East Manchester

Work has now begun on the new community facilities for residents of East Manchester.
The new public community facilities are being developed across 16 acres of land around Grey Mare Lane, Alan Turing Way and linking to the new Etihad Campus development.   

The facilities will be open for use to all residents and will include:

•    A new leisure centre, including a public swimming pool
•    A new sixth form college
•    An institute of health and performance
•    New shops
•    A new rugby pitch for use by the local community, schools and athletes

The development also delivers significant improvements to highways and public spaces. This includes closing a section of Grey Mare Lane between Bell Crescent and The East Manchester Academy and the installation of a new safer crossing on Alan Turing Way.  

These improvements will both enhance the physical appearance of the area and provide pedestrian-friendly access to the public facilities.  A new two-way link road between Grey Mare Lane and Alan Turing Way will ensure that traffic flow is maintained around the facilities.

This project is led by Manchester City Council and supported by Manchester City Football Club and many other organisations.  The new facilities aim to create 195 new jobs and to bring 2,500 visitors per day to the area.

The college and community leisure centre will open in September 2014

The Beswick Leisure Centre

Artists impression of the proposed Beswick Leisure Centre

The new facilities will include a large swimming pool which is divided in two by a boom providing a teaching pool with a moveable floor and a main pool.  The pools will deliver a full programme of community swimming activities including, learn-to-swim programmes, aqua classes and many other health-related swimming activities.

The pool will provide a training venue for GB Water Polo, and facilities will also include a dance studio, 70-station gym and a vending area with ground floor viewing. The local outdoor offer will also be enhanced with the installation of a new rugby pitch for use by neighbouring schools and the local community.

The new leisure centre will employ 25 full and part-time staff and could attract up to 600 people per day.

This will be a brand new modern facility for all residents of East Manchester, and will mean that even more people can access a good quality swimming and leisure offer.

Connell Sixth-Form College

Artist's impression of the new Connell Sixth Form College

Connell Sixth-Form College will accommodate 600 students (16 to 19-year-olds).
The project has been approved and is being funded by the Department for Education, and the college will be part of the Bright Futures Educational Trust.

From September 2013 Connell students will be taught at The East Manchester Academy, before moving to a purpose-built facility on the Etihad Campus in September 2014.

Young people who live close to the college will be given priority for admission. There will be 270 students in Years 12 and 13 and 60 places in the Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will be part of a three-year course.

There will be wrap-around provision for students, including extended study provision and crèche facilities, and they will be able to use the leisure centre and swimming pool nearby.
Once the college is established it is intended to offer educational opportunities to the wider community.

For further information about the college including, admissions and applications please visit   www.connellsixthformcollege.com


To find out more about the new community facilities
Please contact the East Manchester Neighbourhood Regeneration Team on 234 1100

email: info@neweastmanchester.com


New East Manchester Ltd
187 Grey Mare Lane
M11 3ND

New East Manchester Ltd is the urban regeneration company overseeing the renaissance of East Manchester. Find out more about our work.