Stalled schemes in Manchester and Skelmersdale to get off the ground

The Learning and Skills Council has approved £40m funding to get two more stalled further education college schemes off the ground.

Skelmersdale campus by RMJM
Credit: RMJM

The LSC, which earlier this month confirmed funding for 12 out of the more than 150 schemes stalled since it put a moratorium on spending in January, said it was now putting money in to Manchester College's Brownley Road campus and a new Skelmersdale campus for the Lancashire, Skelmersdale and Ormskirk College.

The LSC is to spend £7.1m on the £27.5m Manchester scheme, and spend £32.6m on the £42.8m Skelmersdale campus.

LSC chief executive, Geoff Russell, said the projects would provide the new, modern education facilities needed in both areas. He said: "Confirmation of these projects completes the first phase of the major review of college capital funding that the LSC has been conducting for almost a year.

"The LSC will now turn its attention to how future funding can achieve the greatest impact for learners and employers."