Croxteth campus expansion plans revealed

Wednesday 6 Jul 2016

Ambitious plans for a £3.5 million expansion and revamp of Myerscough College’s Merseyside campus have been released.

Croxteth campus expansion plans revealed

The proposals for Croxteth Hall Park were unveiled at the meeting of the Croxteth Hall Stakeholders’ Committee last week.  Myerscough revealed detailed plans and an artist’s impression of the new development – called the Myerscough College Croxteth Centre - at the meeting.

The proposals see single-storey buildings sited behind a wall opposite the Home Farm area of the site. It’s currently occupied by Glendale, the company which maintains the city’s parks.

The scheme would see the College investing £1 million into the project, with an additional £2 million from the Government and £500,000 from Liverpool City Council.

A plan of the new training facilities shows three animal studies blocks along with stabling for more than 20 horses, aviaries and pens for goats, alpacas and hens. In addition there is a midden, bale yard and open-fronted shed. The College has pledged to employ local workers and apprentices during construction. The current scheme is Phase 1 of Myerscough’s plans for the Croxteth Hall campus, with proposals for phase 2 to be announced in the coming months.

The plans have now been submitted to the City Council. If approved, it is expected work will be completed by September 2017.

Any plans to develop Croxteth Hall would also have to be approved by Historic England - as it is on the list of the organisation’s endangered buildings.

Meanwhile, Bowring Park in Huyton has received a major funding boost following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BLF), which will bring almost £2 million to a major project to restore the historic park. The project is set to see Myerscough offering courses in offering horticulture, sportsturf and golf studies in the park. In addition, current arboriculture learners based at the College’s Croxteth Centre would also access practical resources in the park to enhance their studies. 

The Bowring Park Restoration Project bid was initially spearheaded by Knowsley Council in partnership with The Friends of Bowring Park and site leaseholders Mack Trading Ltd. An initial grant of £108,000 helped kick-start the project, funding a conservation plan, feasibility studies, an archaeological survey, as well as a consultation seeking the views of locals on the planned works. The project has now secured a grant of £1,848,500.

Work is expected to get underway in summer 2017.

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by Dave Salmon

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