In June 2019, Bolton Council unanimously approved the new Bolton College of Medical Sciences.

The granting of the planning permission is a major milestone for the new College, which will train a new generation of health and social care professionals.

BCMS is understood to be the first of its kind in the UK, due to its new model of partnership, a unique teaching and learning environment, and combination of training provision across disciplines, professions and agencies. It is expected BCMS will become a blueprint for other NHS foundation trusts.  

The designs will include a teaching and learning space, café, an associated staff and service space, and a dedicated multi-story car park. The new facilities will utilise the latest medical technology, with simulation suites and surgical and acute care environments. The 7,600 sq m site is located at the Bolton NHS Trust hospital site in Farnworth.

The development will incorporate two separate buildings: a part four/part five-storey education building for the College, a three/four-storey car park; outdoor recreational space with planting, benches and cycle parking. 

The overall project cost is £30m. When open, the facility is expected to bring £150m to the local economy. Greater Manchester Combined Authority has granted £10m through its Skills Capital Fund, supported by the University of Bolton Group, in partnership with Bolton Council and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.

The strategic brief was developed by Just Ask Scarlett, design plans were by Associated Architects, with Box Clever Consulting as project manager.

Image: Associated Architects