Hopwood Hall College has appointed Warrington-based Globe Construction to undertake extension and refurbishment works at its Rochdale campus.
The £1.7m project will see Globe's team create a 6,350 sq ft single-storey extension, which will house a new restaurant and training kitchen.
In addition, 1,600 sq ft of social space within the existing building will be refurbished to create a new hair and beauty suite, and externally the ground floor facades will be replaced.
Construction started on site this week with completion due late summer 2013.
Ian Threadgold, director of Globe Construction, said: "The project will further enhance facilities for students in Rochdale by providing two first class, on-the-job learning environments.
"Our team has expertise in the delivery of educational schemes and we strive to work in close partnership with our client to ensure every day running of the college is not affected during the build programme."
Saf Arfan, director for corporate services at Hopwood Hall College, said: "The Skills Centre is part of a wider town centre regeneration scheme that is part-funded by Rochdale Council. It completes the major redevelopment of the learning quarter, creating two unique commercial training facilities open to the general public: Riverside Restaurant and Riverside Salon.
"Both facilities will be run by Hopwood Hall College students, providing daily work experience opportunities to prepare them for the world-of-work and two very demanding industries."
The wider project team includes Gleeds acting as employer's agent and quantity surveyor, Seven Architecture designed the scheme, structural engineers are Curtins Consulting, BCM are the M&E consultant and CDMC is being provided by Aegis.
Globe's previously completed educational schemes include Stockport Grammar School, Stonyhurst College, Liverpool Hope University and Manchester College of Law.
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