University of Bolton renews bid to knock down Holts Mill in Deane Road

The Bolton News: Holts Mill is the site earmarked for a new technical college Holts Mill is the site earmarked for a new technical college

THE University of Bolton has renewed its bid to knock down a former mill to pave the way for a multi-million pound college.

Holts Mill in Deane Road has been earmarked for demolition as part of the university’s plans to build the new University Technical College (UTC) Bolton.

Plans to demolish the five-storey mill — once home to a lingerie manufacturer — were initially rejected in 2011 after Bolton Council told university bosses they had not provided enough information about how they planned to restore the site.

Now the university has launched a fresh bid to develop the area, which it says is a key part of plans to educate more people in Bolton and get them ready for the world of work, particular in the realm of science.

Dr Zubair Hanslot, the University of Bolton’s Provost and in charge of opening the new college said millions of pounds would be spent on the site.

He added: “The university’s facilities department has been instructed to clear the site in preparation for building work to commence. UTC Bolton will offer academically rigorous education for young people age 14 to 19 which is set in a technical context that is led by employers and the University.

“UTC Bolton has a clear focus on careers in health sciences and engineering technologies.

“We are confident that young people can achieve the best grades in sciences and mathematics if the teaching and learning is delivered in a technical context.

“We aim to ensure we provide the students of Bolton with first-class teaching in world-class facilities as we prepare them for employment and life-long learning.”

Planning officers at Bolton Council will now examine the plans, with a decision expected to be made within the next three months.

More information about UTC Bolton can be obtained at bolton.ac.uk/butc

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10:35am Tue 8 Apr 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

What a surprise knock down and sell Horwich college and spend it on Bolton!
What a surprise knock down and sell Horwich college and spend it on Bolton! steverock6@sky.com
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6:03pm Tue 8 Apr 14

lv8151 says...

steverock6@sky.com wrote:
What a surprise knock down and sell Horwich college and spend it on Bolton!
and your proof that the money gained from the sale of horwich college will be spent on bolton and not horwich is ???????????
[quote][p][bold]steverock6@sky.com[/bold] wrote: What a surprise knock down and sell Horwich college and spend it on Bolton![/p][/quote]and your proof that the money gained from the sale of horwich college will be spent on bolton and not horwich is ??????????? lv8151
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6:54pm Tue 8 Apr 14

wsw69 says...

Errrrrm, where has all this loot come from to build this new UTC building, when all we keep hearing is cuts, cuts and more cuts. Oh, and even more cuts.

Someone is pulling the wool over Joe & Joan Puiblic's 'mince pies'!
Errrrrm, where has all this loot come from to build this new UTC building, when all we keep hearing is cuts, cuts and more cuts. Oh, and even more cuts. Someone is pulling the wool over Joe & Joan Puiblic's 'mince pies'! wsw69
  • Score: 1

6:53am Thu 10 Apr 14

ferdys says...

pointless expansion of the so called educational quarter - was that the name?
Too. Many. Colleges.
Better use of the building would be as a heritage centre. Anyone remember when Bolton was full of mills and people with jobs?
pointless expansion of the so called educational quarter - was that the name? Too. Many. Colleges. Better use of the building would be as a heritage centre. Anyone remember when Bolton was full of mills and people with jobs? ferdys
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