A multi-million pound education hub at Myerscough College’s centre at Croxteth Park on Merseyside has been completed.
The state-of-the-art new Animal and Equine Studies Centre complements the College’s current provision at the site, which has seen the former Glendale council depot on the site transformed into new, expanded teaching facilities. The new-look Myerscough College Croxteth Centre is made up of single-storey buildings sited behind a wall opposite the Home Farm area of the site.
The new training facilities include three animal studies blocks along with stabling, aviaries and pens for goats, alpacas and hens adjacent to the Grade II listed former Laundry House. Two other buildings have been converted for animal housing and dog grooming, and a third for reptiles, amphibians and tropical species, as well as accommodation for staff and students.
The development was granted planning permission back in November, 2016, with work commencing last May. The development enables Myerscough to continue and enhance providing students with a first class environment to deliver quality education and training.
The city council has contributed £500,000 to the scheme by way of a discounted rent on the site over the next 10 years, in addition to £1 million from the College and £2 million from the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
John Wherry, Deputy Principal Resources, Myerscough College, says: “It’s an exciting time for the College and these new buildings meet the changing educational needs of our students. The new complex includes state of the art facilities which will allow for us to continue developing our students to their full potential.”
Helen Eaton, Myerscough’s Assistant Principal for Liverpool said: “Myerscough Liverpool was first established in 1999 in partnership with the city council and over time we have developed to provide a range of courses at Croxteth Park.
“We’ve worked closely with Glendale for a number of years and have been their sole training provider for almost a decade and so taking control of their depot is the next logical step of what will hopefully further enhance our education offer to the students of Merseyside.
“We carried out a review of our facilities at Croxteth Park before submitting our plans and developing this area of the park is the most viable and cost effective.
‘’Thank you to everyone who has supported us in making this happen.
‘’The building and the resources within the new centre are phenomenal and it is certainly a massive improvement on the old facilities that were based within the farm area. It is the only resource of its kind in Merseyside and we are already seeing an increase in applications from students who wish to study at Croxteth.’’
by Dave Salmon