A historic mill has been redeveloped to become a new centre for training nurses and midwives.

The new satellite centre will be used by the University of Bolton for its nursing and midwifery programmes, despite being based over the Pennines in Bradford.

This marks another stage in the Deane Road based university’s expansion in recent months and will offer various facilities for students doing their nursing courses.

Senior lecturer in adult nursing Danielle Ellis said: “Our students are at the heart of our nursing centre and have their own dedicated ‘Recharge Room’, with kitchen and canteen-like facilities.

“There are dedicated quiet study areas for those who want to stay on campus outside of lectures and maximise their learning opportunities.

The Bolton News: The new centre will be ready to open soonThe new centre will be ready to open soon (Image: University of Bolton)

“We are very excited to welcome our nursing students here to such a fantastic new facility.”

As well as the University of Bolton, the new satellite centre is partnered with various Yorkshire NHS trusts.

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These include Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Mid-Yorkshire Teaching NHS Trust.

The centre will be found at Bradford’s historic Lister Mill, which was first completed in 1873.

The Bolton News: Staff and students at the new centreStaff and students at the new centre (Image: University of Bolton)

At the time it was the largest textile mill in the north of England and all these years later the 249ft tall chimney remains a dominant feature of the Bradford skyline.

To create the new facility, Lister Mills underwent an extensive renovation to be able to offer a dedicated teaching centre for students.

There will also be two simulation suites, and a community simulation suite set up to replicate a flat.

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The centre will offer a three-year BSc Adult Nursing degree as well an 18-month BSc Adult Nursing top-up route to nursing for students who are already nursing associates.

There will also be a two-year FdSc apprenticeship route into being a nursing associate, while the university says a direct entry FdSc Nursing Associate route will be available soon.

The centre will be officially opened by Mayor of Bolton Cllr Andy Morgan at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday June 25 between 2pm and 4pm.

The celebrations will also be joined by NHS trust partners and student representatives.