A planning application has been submitted for a £30 million extension to Lancashire’s Edge Hill University.
Consultants Turley Associates has submitted the planning application to West Lancashire Borough Council for an extension to the Ormskirk campus to provide a new landmark sporting complex and associated infrastructure/car parking facilities.
The new sporting facilities will provide an eight-court indoor sports hall and a 25m swimming pool contained within a new building, surrounded by a range of part floodlit natural and synthetic playing pitches, games courts and an athletics track.
Edge Hill University pro vice-chancellor (resources) Steve Igoe said: “This investment in the Ormskirk campus will ensure the university continues to enhance and develop all aspects of the student experience, particularly the quality of the campus, and ensures that the university will continue to be a leading ‘university of choice’ for students and employees alike in what is likely to be an increasingly competitive higher education market.”
A planning decision is expected early in the autumn and it is hoped construction will begin in 2012 and be completed by 2013.
Edge Hill University is over 125 years old. It has over 24,000 full and part time students, employs over 3,000 people and contributes more than £175m to the North West economy.
Turley Associates associate director David Diggle said: “Edge Hill University brings significant benefit to the local and North West economy and is an increasingly popular choice for students across the UK.
“This application is made following a two year consultation with key stakeholders and the local community and will continue to ensure the university remains one of the best in the region.