Edge Hill University New Building
Edge Hill University New Building
The start of 2017 will see work commence on several state of the art new buildings for the Edge Hill campus.
The £36m development will include a new Library and Student Services Centre plus accommodation for 250 senior students, located on the site of the University’s old running track.
First to be completed will be the new residences – three and four storey townhouses comprising 263 bedrooms. These will be available to second year, third year and postgraduate students, meaning more of these students can be housed on campus rather than renting privately outside of the University. The residences will be completed in two phases, with the first opening in time for 2017 occupancy and the second in 2018.
The four-storey Library and Student Services Centre, planned for completion in summer 2018, will be much larger than the current library facility and feature a range of different study areas, social spaces and much-improved electronic facilities, as well as easier access to the University’s entire book collection.
Edge Hill Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said:
“Over the past five years the University has invested heavily in constructing new residences to ensure that all first year students who so choose can live on campus. We are now extending that offer to a proportion of senior and postgraduate students with the construction of a series of new town houses for 2017 and 2018 occupancy. Alongside this, and to ensure we sustain our position as one of the country’s top two campuses in the 2016 Times Higher survey, we are investing over £26m to construct a new Library and Student Services Centre, simultaneously releasing high quality space for learning and teaching and departmental use.”
Edge Hill University is continuing to develop its state-of-the-art campus with the transformation of the Geosciences building, completed in time for the start of the academic year.
The Geosciences building houses programmes in Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, and is home to 250 students on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
The building has been revamped to include additional laboratories, increasing the existing floor area by 350m2 by building on the flat roof. The exterior of the building has been clad in zinc to complement the neighbouring Business School and Biosciences buildings.
Dr Nigel Richardson, Head of Geography at Edge Hill, said:
“A large laboratory space has been developed which includes a teaching laboratory and research laboratory for Physical Geography and Environmental Science. A wide range of scientific equipment is available in the research laboratory which provides students with exciting opportunities to analyse sediments, soils and water as part of project work in taught modules, or to complete their own research as part of their dissertation project.
“In addition, we also have two new, smaller laboratories in the building for Environmental Analysis and Engineering Geology,” said Dr Richardson. “In the Geo-engineering laboratory students are able to develop their skills on industry-standard equipment used by research laboratories and in industry.”
The Geo-engineering laboratory has the equipment to test the properties of rocks, soils and sediments, and Edge Hill is one of the only universities in the country to have this equipment. The exposure to industry-standard equipment will enhance students’ employability and enable them to complete interesting research, such as testing the skid of different materials for use in road building.
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Work on our two new campus developments is progressing well, creating new teaching space for the University’s Department of Computing in the brand new technology hub, and revamping the existing Geosciences building ready for the start of the academic year in September 2016.
The £13million technology hub is located near the Ruff Lane campus entrance, and will provide classrooms, offices and a new lecture theatre. It will incorporate an area of flat roof, creating an environment to support local plants and wildlife, and the space around the entrance will be landscaped to be in keeping with the existing surroundings.
The transformation of the Geosciences building is underway, providing additional laboratory spaces by building on the flat roof. The exterior of the building, which is home to the Departments of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science, will be clad in zinc to complement the neighbouring Business School and Biosciences building.
Artist’s impressions have revealed what the revamped Geosciences building will look like following its current extension work.
Construction is underway to build onto the flat roof area to create additional laboratory spaces, increasing the existing floor area by 350m2.
There will be some re-planning and reconfiguration of the existing spaces to suit the revised layouts. On the exterior, zinc cladding will be installed so the building will complement the neighbouring Business School and Biosciences building.
The Geosciences building was completed in 2003 where it was originally home to IT and media, known as the CMIST building. When these departments moved into Creative Edge in 2013, following a refurbishment the building become home to Geography, Geology and Environmental Science.
The building work will be complete in time for the new academic year in September 2016.
Work will soon begin on two more developments on Edge Hill’s campus after local authority planners gave the schemes the green light.
A new technology hub, which will house the University’s Department of Computing, will provide classrooms, offices and a new lecture theatre.
The £13million development will involve demolishing the single-storey building at the rear of the existing Levens Building next to the Ruff Lane campus entrance, and rebuilding the area as a three-storey block of teaching and office accommodation.
The building has been designed to be in keeping with its surroundings, and an area of flat roof will create an environment to support local plants and wildlife.
A space around the new building entrance will be landscaped and the eastern boundary, which currently benefits from dense tree coverage, will be enhanced as part of the development proposals
At the same time, work will start to build additional student accommodation to the south of the original entrance on St Helens Road.
The new Halls of Residences will provide 168 new single-study en-suite bedrooms, bringing the total number of students that can live on campus to 2,259.
Both developments are due to be complete for the start of the 2016/17 academic year in September.
New photos of Edge Hill University’s £30m sports complex have been released revealing its state-of-the-art interior.
The new sports centre building includes a 25-metre swimming pool, double sports hall for badminton, basketball and squash and a 100-station fitness suite.
This exciting new phase follows phase one of the scheme which saw the opening of top-of-the-range 3G soccer pitches, multi-courts, hockey and football pitches, and a new competition-standard athletics track.
Work is progressing quickly on the newest additions to Edge Hill’s on-campus accommodation.
The new accommodation blocks, which are phase 10 of the residential building programme, have been named Palatine Court, with the halls called Carrington, Glazebrook, Pankhurst and Roscoe after notable Lancashire people from within the historic boundaries of the county.
The new accommodation, which will be ready by September, will include en-suite bedrooms complete with a bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, flat screen computer/Freeview TV. Each room will be situated close to a large shared kitchen and living area which is also provided with a LCD Freeview TV.
The new bedrooms will bring the number of students who can be accommodated on campus to 2,091.
Edge Hill University has been shortlisted in four categories in the inaugural Educate North Awards.
Edge Hill, which is currently the UK University of the year, has been shortlisted for the awards staged in association with the Daily Telegraph for New University of the Year and Business School of the Year.
Vini Lander, Professor of Education and Head of Research in the Faculty of Education, and senior lecturer Toni Bewley, in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, have both been shortlisted for Lecturer of the Year.
Finally the University’s Capital Developments Team has been shortlisted for the Environment Award.
Educate North aims to celebrate the success and growth of the knowledge sector across the North of England.
Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “Being shortlisted in four categories in the inaugural Educate North Awards is a significant achievement and is yet another reason to celebrate during our hugely successful year where we have already been named University of the Year and best University Workplace, produced World Leading research in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) and scored highly for our student experience.
“This announcement underline the hard work and dedication put in by everyone at Edge Hill to deliver the best experience, teaching and research and highest quality buildings and campus environment possible.”
The winners, shortlisted from across the North of England will be announced at an awards ceremony in Manchester in June.