Edge Hill University’s stunning £8m Business and Law building has opened its doors for the first time.

The most recent addition to Edge Hill’s Ormskirk campus will provide state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for staff and students from the departments of Business, Law and Criminology, following the demolition of several older buildings.

The three-storey building offers students modern seminar and meeting rooms and social learning areas, which encourages a more informal and interactive style of learning. A new 100-seater lecture theatre also doubles as a moot room, a mock-up of a courtroom. A roof garden and atrium are other attractive features of the building.

True to Edge Hill’s green ethos, the building has been designed with the environment in mind and features several innovative energy-saving measures. The hot water supply comes from solar energy and electricity is generated on-site, channelling any waste heat towards heating the building’s water supply or the nearby swimming pool.

The building will cater for the growing popularity of courses in Law and Criminology as well as Business, after both were voted top in the North West by students in the latest National Student Survey.

David Oldham, Director of Capital Projects at Edge Hill University, said: “The Business and Law building is a key element of the University’s development programme. While the project hasn’t been without its challenges, it was completed on time and to budget. We now have a high-quality facility for staff and students situated in a part of the campus that is arguably one of the most modern and cutting-edge in higher education.”

Franco Rizzuto, Head of Law and Criminology said: “As a department, we are really looking forward to working in this beautiful building. It will be the first time since the department was established in 2004 and Law and Criminology was first offered at Edge Hill that all the staff will be working under one roof.

“The facilities here are exceptional, with a 100-seater moot room and a specific law library, in addition to the main facility, that will enable students to get their hands on the texts as well as using online resources.

“Law students here have always received the highest quality teaching and now that learning experience will take place in a cutting-edge building.”

John Vaughan, Head of the Business said: “The Business School has an ambitious development programme, which has resulted in a complete re-write of the course curriculum to focus it more on increasing student employability. We are also developing international partnerships, undertaking corporate training and recruiting postgraduate and research students.

“This exciting facility provides an outstanding learning environment for all our students and a visible sign of the University’s commitment to supporting the School’s continued growth.”

For full details of the Law and Criminology, as well as Business courses available at Edge Hill University visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/fas or telephone 0800 195 5063.