The construction firm behind Co-op Live - the new £350 million live entertainment venue by Oak View Group and City Football Group – have engaged their 1000th young student this week. The firm, BAM, have been working closely with the Co-op Live team to help students with their education, understanding of careers, and to support their courses.
Students from Belle Vue Co-op Academy and Failsworth Co-op Academy, both part of the Co-op Academies Trust, became the latest to visit the site, which presently has over 400 people working on it.
They join over a dozen other schools, universities and colleges who have either sent delegations or received presentations from the BAM and the Co-op Live teams, to see and study the progress of the UK’s largest live entertainment arena. Stretched end-to-end the scheme has enough concrete columns to reach the International Space Station.
Student visitors have ranged from specialist institutions such as Hopwood Hall Construction College and Manchester Metropolitan University through schools such as Oxford Brooks College, down to younger minds like those at Plymouth Grove Primary School, experiencing their first look at a construction site and igniting curiosity.
After one visit Thabisile Moyo of Co-op Academy Swinton showed she had been paying close attention, writing: “Co-op Live is set to be the UK’s most socially responsible and environmentally sustainable arena. This will be achieved by using things like 10,500m squares of rooftop solar panels as a sustainable source of energy, as well as pledging to donate more than £1 million to charities every year.”