Modern library set for Runshaw

PHOTO: NEIL CROSS 'Runshaw College new student entrance
PHOTO: NEIL CROSS 'Runshaw College new student entrance
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College students are set to be even more clued-up as plans have been revealed for a new state-of-the-art library.

Runshaw College, on Langdale Road, Leyland, could soon get a stunning new look, as plans have been submitted to build a two-storey extension to the library.

Bosses want to modernise the facility and bring better resources and technology to students, as there is currently a shortage of computers, and the service is described as being ‘below standard’.

The college has been upgraded in recent years, with a new-look reception, student services building and refectory.

Fish Associates, the architects and designers behind the planning application, said: “It is the intention of the college to provide a landmark building adjacent to the main entrance, which compliments the recent re-development projects and enhances the setting of the college.

“They also want to provide enhanced library facilities, which at present are below standard and don’t match the college’s aspirations.”

The current library structure is one of the only remaining original college buildings at the site, and plans to adapt and refurbish the interior have now gone before South Ribble Borough Council.

The proposal, if approved, would create an additional 780sqm of floor space, split over two floors, following the demolition of part of the existing building.

Around 200sqm of floor space will be lost during the demolition works.

Fish Associates added: “The ground floor extension will accommodate additional work areas for staff and students, along with a new main reception for the library.

“The first floor extension will accommodate only computer work-stations for students, as the college has a shortage at peak times.

“The existing library is to be reorganised to meet the needs of a modern library, creating larger open-plan spaces with higher quality study and computer work-stations.”

No increase in student or staff numbers are proposed as part of this development.