Projects & News
  The Manchester College - Openshaw

LTE Group has awarded a second landmark construction contract as part of its visionary plans to provide new campus facilities for students across Greater Manchester and Pearson Fraser are pleased to be acting as Project Manager and Cost Consultant in this exciting development. Caddick Construction will build the new facilities for the Manchester College and UCEN Manchester, serving sports, healthcare and construction and motor vehicle students at its Openshaw base in east Manchester. The £25m state-of-the-art facility is part of the larger £139m build project that represents the first phase in LTE Group's estate strategy that will transform The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester's education and training delivery locations over the next two years. The new facilities will include a six court sports hall, outdoor pitch, gym and sports lab, a health suite with hospital ward and infectious disease area for healthcare students; and brand new workshops for construction, mechanics and engineering students. The new build will open in September 2021.

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  The Manchester College - City Centre

Construction has started on the new state-of-the-art campus and the LTE group has appointed North West based construction firm Willmott Dixon to build the campus in Manchester City Centre (opposite the Manchester Arena). The £93m campus is the first of a two-phase vision for the site and will become home to the colleges Industry Excellence Academy as well as UCEN Manchester's Arden School of Theatre and Manchester Film School. We have had the pleasure of working alongside award winning architects Bond Bryan and Simpson Haugh developing two industry standard theatres and film studios as well as media and computing suites, dance studios and bespoke practical spaces for hospitality. Exciting times ahead managing the construction of this superb facility and working with a great team.

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  'UK's largest investment in skills'

UK's largest investment in skills is happening in Manchester and we are excited to be working with The Manchester College on their £139m Masterplan Development. Acting as Project Manager and Cost Consultants we have supported the business case, capital investments, running costs, disposal strategy and Masterplan logistics. The project includes the delivery of a £93m new landmark City Centre facility to serve both Higher and Further education students and a new £25m art facility at their Openshaw Campus.
  Business School and Growth Hub

Proud to be part of this exciting development, delivering a £21m Business School and Growth Hub on time and within budget. Supporting the University in their vision to invest in fantastic new facilities specifically designed to inspire learning, support new businesses and develop the university partnership with existing companies (Local Enterprise Partnership - LEP). The new business school is an exemplar of modern teaching and learning with an inspiring and interactive learning environment. The state-of-the art new building facilitates this by providing shared space for academics, students and enterprise and has been voted one of the Top 10 in the UK by students.

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  International Standard Sports Arena & Pitches

We are pleased to hand over the impressive sports development at the University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, the home of the Severn Stars Professional Netball team. The facilities now boast a 12 court sport hall including International standard sports hall for netball, basketball and badminton and delivery of a full size FA standard football 3G pitch and full size RFU standard 3G rugby pitch and cricket pavilion.

  'SME of the Year'

Pearson Fraser are pleased to be shortlisted as finalists for SME of the Year, a great team effort.
  'Consultancy of the Year 2018'

Pearson Fraser are delighted to confirm they have been shortlisted as 'Consultancy of the Year' at the Education Estates Awards for their work in Education. Well done to the whole team.

University of Gloucestershire - Business School

Work is well underway in the delivery of the Universities new Business School and Growth Hub which will be operated jointly with Local Enterprise partnership (LEP). The £21m development will consist of specialist educational space (e.g. mock trading room, moot court room), general teaching and IT class rooms and associated support space including innovative learning spaces. The building also contains a LEP supported Growth Hub providing a unique opportunity for students to gain real life experience by interacting with local entrepreneurial organisations. For further information click here.


University of Gloucestershire - Sports

An £8.5m Sports development comprising a substantial 12 court sports hall and associated changing and class rooms, specifically designed to provide flexible space for shared use with the Aspire Trust. The sports hall is able to accommodate netball, basketball, badminton, futsal and 5 aside football. Flexibility is built into the sports hall to allow for the provision of seated events, including televised international standard netball. The facility is further supported by a full size 11 aside football 3G pitch, an 11 aside rugby 3G pitch and cricket pavilion. For further information click here.


Novus and HM Prisons - development of visitor centre

We are pleased to be working with Novus, a not-for-profit social enterprise, helping them to consider their business objectives and provide a strategic report for the use of a grade II listed building in Durham. The report provides a detailed synopsis of design parameters, client requirements, aspirations, programme and outline costs associated with the local landmark building and will demonstrate to the client and HM prisons (including potential funding partners) the viability of a joint venture partnership project.


LTE Group PM/QS services Wythenshawe

Appointed by the LTE Group (The Manchester College) we are working with them on their forward looking investment into Wythenshawe, Project Managing and acting as Cost Consultants in the refurbishment and re-configuration of their existing college buildings to deliver the newly named Howard House. This project consisted of procurement of a professional design team, establishing the clients brief to understand the relocation of various departments, procurement of main contractor services and the delivery of the project on time and under budget.

  Exciting times in Higher Education

Pearson Fraser are delighted to be appointed as Project Manager and Cost Consultant working with the University to develop their property masterplan and construction of a new £20m business school and sports complex.

  Great accolade from Carl Fogarty, Four times World Superbike Champion.

As an RICS registered practice we are proud to support and work with our client's to achieve their aspirations. Working as Project Managers and Cost Consultants we have again delivered beyond expectations on the new Automotive Centre.


Pearson Fraser delivers a combined public sector funded leisure centre on budget and ahead of the council targets.

Pearson Fraser acted as the property adviser in the preparation of Development and Operational agreements and the strategic objectives. Pearson Fraser also acted as the Project Manager and cost consultant for this innovative jointly funded and operated public building


AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: New Blackburn leisure complex set for spring opening

THE final stage of Blackburn's new leisure centre complex is on target to open in spring well ahead of the original schedule, borough leisure boss Damian Talbot has revealed.

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Full Design Team Services

Advanced Engineering Design Team (£1.5 million) - We have been appointed to provide full design team services for the delivery of a new state of the art advanced engineering workshop in Pendle.



Pearson Fraser Ltd have been commissioned to provide support to a number of colleges and clients across the UK to provide advice and preparation of Local Enterprise Partnership funding applications.


Property strategy for South Downs College

Our first commission from our London office to prepare a property strategy for South Downs College in Hampshire.


Regional Automotive Technology Hub

£5.5 million- Delivered on time and in budget. The college have acknowledged the high quality standards of construction and are delighted with the sector leading facilities in conjunction with local commercial partners. The building was opened by Phil Watson, Vice Chair of College Governors with special guest Carl Fogerty (former British Super Bike Champion).


Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

£7 million - A new state of the art building with innovative environmentally considerate technologies such as grey water harvesting, solar photovoltaic panels and air source heat pumps. The building accommodates a replica eco house in the ground floor workshop, advanced manufacturing workshops, general classrooms and labs, TV studio and radio station and a cinema focussing on real life work experience. The building and incorporated systems are used as teaching aids, with the operational equipment and installations used for demonstration purposes.


Pearson Fraser proud sponsor and guest speaker

Pearson Fraser is a proud sponsor of the construction awards to young apprentices. The company actively supports young students either through the vocational or academic routes; this year's top student received an Apple ipad mini from the Company.


Joint sports and Leisure complex

The difficulties of capital funded projects in Further Education have been well publicised following Sir Andrew Foster's report 'A review of the Capital Programme in Further Education' however following this report Pearson Fraser Ltd have been supporting College's to explore and develop options which allows the college to improve and finance their estate strategies whilst refocusing efforts and capital works in the interest of the student. The project shown is the first to achieve planning consent and aims to replace teaching accommodation in Blackburn which is not to a standard that is expected for 21st century teaching and learning.

Pearson Fraser have been confirmed as the Employers Agent and cost consultant on the construction of this new £13 million College building.


Success in difficult times

Acting as the strategic adviser for the development of a College sports provision Pearson Fraser have supported two public sector organisations in developing a joint sport preferred option, including procurement and risk management taking an initial £15m concept (from the first partnership meeting to onsite) in 13 months

Pearson Fraser have successfully tendered for and secured the implementation stage of the project acting as Employers Agent and Cost consultants.


Third Sector Success; BwD Community & Voluntary Services

Pearson Fraser Ltd appointed to assist the third sector client in providing professional consultancy services in reviewing a potentially failing refurbishment of a redundant public house have turned the project around with a facade retention and extension which offers greater value for money and improved efficiencies. Pearson Fraser have also been appointed as Employers Agent on the £2.2 million project which is a leading example of the third sector potential.


PAT on the back Award Winner

Pearson Fraser Ltd is pleased to be part of the winning team for Economic Regeneration presented at Blackburn Rovers Football Club. Accepting the award is (left to right) Derek Heap, Danielle Murtagh, Nadia Mahornia, Adam Scott (presenting the award), Cathy Hale and Richard Fraser.

The awards recognise outstanding and exceptional work done by staff and volunteers to improve life for local residents and tackle important issues such as crime, regeneration, education, health, the economy and the environment.

The award follows the successful delivery of the University Centre, Blackburn College where over 400 new students have enjoyed a university experience in their home town, thanks to the first University centre ever built in Blackburn with Darwen. The £13.9 million building on Barbara Castle Way is an inspirational landmark building, delivered five weeks ahead of schedule and under budget.


Blackburn College's University Centre officially opened by The Right Honourable Jack Straw MP.

Pearson Fraser acting as the College Property Adviser, Employers Agent and Cost Consultant were Congratulated by Jack Straw MP and Sam Allardyce in working with the College and the Main Contractor to deliver under budget and seven weeks ahead of programme.

Amongst the special guests at the ceremony were The Right Honourable Jack Straw MP. Sam Allardyce and Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive at the North West Development Agency (NWDA), which granted £3.2 million towards the building.


The new Higher Education Building is complete and the new iconic building off Barbara Castle Way is the latest stage of a multi-million pound development to create a “cutting edge” campus to compete with the very best Higher Education establishments across the UK.

Ian Clinton, Principal and Sir Bill Taylor, Chair of Governors receive the NWDA plaque from Steven Broomhead, Executive at the North West Development Agency (NWDA). The Centre will mean a much expanded range of university level courses on offer to over 3000 prospective students in the region. Its curved teaching block will house and deliver over 120 degrees and professional qualifications to a growing list of applicants eager to further their education in the region. The Centre will also provide students with the very latest technology and resources to make the most out of their degrees.

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