The final stage of Runshaw College’s four-part revamp is now underway.
Work to transform the sixth form college’s library into a 21st century facility has started, after refurbishments on the student services, Mardale refectory building and reception and conference areas have all been completed.
The £3m project at the Langdale Road campus will see the library expanded to house more books, computers and journals, and the IT system’s e-journals will also be upgraded.
Spokesman Tim Cahill said: “In a nutshell, we want to increase the range of research facilities available for students, so we’ve redesigned and extended the library.
“The old library is still open and the work is being carried out like a ‘shell’ around it, and the next step will be to knock through to make the spaces into one area.”
The design is in keeping with the other new builds around the campus, and will use heat-efficient glass and other environmentally-friendly ideas.
Residents living in the area were consulted on the proposals before the plans were approved by South Ribble Council, and Mr Cahill says the aim is to ensure the buildings won’t look out of place or obtrusive when work is complete.
“We care about our neighbours and we appreciate the college is surrounded by nature, so we wanted to adopt a green approach to the development,” he said.
“It’s very exciting for students, and once the library is finished in July, that’s the end of our long-term plans to revamp the college.”
The plans also involve providing open plan study areas for students, and relocating all existing library service study areas, currently located around the college, into one central building.
The new library will also house the site’s Study Support Services for students who need extra help at college.
The existing old single-storey building at the front of the library will be demolished and computer study areas will be located in a new two-storey purpose-built extension in its place.