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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.

new tech buildingThe 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.