Shockout, Uni of Bolton, p planning docs

The university is branching out into Greater Manchester. Credit: via planning documents

Uni of Bolton takes 36,000 sq ft in Old Trafford 

The University of Bolton has signed a 10-year lease with Bruntwood on the second and third floors of the former Kellogg’s HQ, where it plans to create a dance school.

Shockout Arts, which runs courses accredited by the university, will occupy 36,000 sq ft of previously vacant space within the building.

UA92, which has recently relocated its business school to Baskerville House in Salford, will remain on Valo’s first and second floors. 

A UA92 spokesperson said: “Shockout is a well-established organisation that fits perfectly with the UA92 ethos and will be a great addition to the Old Trafford campus.

“UA92 students are our first priority and by expanding across Greater Manchester, we will be able to offer our top-class facilities to an even greater number of students who will benefit from being at the heart of a city at the forefront of UK economic growth and recovery. As such, this move will create space in our existing Old Trafford campus.” 

In taking space at Valo Building, the University of Bolton has become the latest education provider to sign for a sizeable chunk of space in Greater Manchester. 

As well as UA92’s 36,000 sq ft deal in Salford, Arden University has committed to 43,000 sq ft at Three Hardman Street in Spinningfields. 

The Valo deal is the second time the Unversity of Bolton has taken space in a Bruntwood building this year.  

The university will occupy 36,000 sq ft at Bruntwood SciTech’s Base Building as part of a partnership with the London College of Accountancy.

Earlier this year, the university caused controversy after it announced plans for a major rebrand that would see the institution change its name to the University of Greater Manchester.

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