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Phase two of an exciting £30 million project to build a new state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor sports complex at Edge Hill University will get underway in 2014 following approval from governors.

Already students and the local community are benefitting from top-of-the-range 3G soccer pitches, multi-courts, hockey and football pitches, and a new competition-standard athletics track, which opened in the autumn.

Now attention will be turned to a new sports centre building and outside tennis courts to provide additional facilities.

Work will start in the spring to build a 25-metre swimming pool and fitness suite incorporating the latest technology with 100 stations to exercise all parts of the body. There will also be a double sports hall to play badminton, basketball and squash, together with associated changing facilities

A café will also be built into the complex to provide a social space for customers, students and staff to relax before or after a workout.

The University are planning to have the work completed in 2015.

Vice-Chancellor Dr John Cater said: “Offering value for money is key for universities, so evidence of continuing investment in facilities, teaching and social spaces is essential. We’ve already carried out phase one of our exciting sports development project, which marks the transformation of the Eastern campus, and we’re delighted that governors have given us the seal of approval to continue with these improvements. The plans will also have a positive impact on the community who can make full use of the new facilities.

“Ultimately, better facilities attract more users and more users mean more resources to invest – it’s a virtuous circle that we’re more than happy to be in.”

As part of the latest developments, the University is also submitting a planning application to West Lancashire Borough Council for 245 additional accommodation units to complete the Chancellors Court blocks on the Eastern side of the campus.

It is anticipated that these will be available for the new intake in September 2014.