University Academy 92 (UA92) has announced that Trafford Council has approved the planning application to transform the former Kellogg’s building on Talbot Road, Old Trafford, into their main campus.
The application, submitted by Trafford Bruntwood LLP, to develop the premises into a state-of-the-art teaching and learning space, including a Human Performance Laboratory and an industry standard media suite, was approved at a meeting on Thursday 9th August 2018.
The application, which is also backed by planners How and architects BDP, is a first step towards wider development of the Trafford area as part of the extensive regeneration of Trafford.
Commenting on the application approval, Professor Craig Gaskell, CEO and Principal of UA92 said: “We are delighted that the decision to approve this application has been taken. UA92’s location in Trafford, and the prospect of bringing economic and social benefits to the area is a vital part of our vision for the university. Research demonstrates that a higher education organisation drives economic growth and social mobility within the local area. These are exciting times for Trafford and we are delighted to be at the forefront of them.”
Andrew Cooke, Bruntwood Regional Director, said: “We are thrilled planning consent has been granted so we can drive forward with plans to develop a new strategic site for the UA92 campus, in one of the city’s key regeneration areas.
“We are confident this new vision for the former Kellogg’s site, will not only spearhead much needed transformational change in Trafford, but will also help to create a more dynamic and successful community life for local residents, workers and future generations to come.”
Work is expected to start to renovate the building in September 2018. The first students will start at UA92 in September 2019.