Builders move in at Runshaw

Runshaw College is set to benefit from the addition of a £1.2m sports annexe, complete with eight new classrooms, two of which will be fitted with state-of-the-art IT equipment.

Conlon Construction has been appointed to deliver the project which will see the firm build a two-storey block to improve the college’s sports offering.

Providing ever improving facilities for young people aged 16-19 who are undertaking further education and vocational courses, the project aims to centralise the School of Sport, releasing additional space for students across the college.

Spanning 770sqm, the annex is set to stand alongside the current Hawkshead Sports Hall at the college on Langdale Road, Leyland, and will comprise additional support areas, welfare and staff rooms and as well an accessible lift.

The 30-week construction project to build the annex is due to start this week and is expected to be occupied by students for the 2014/15 academic year.

David Sharrock, assistant principal at Runshaw College, said: “The plans to build an annex to sit beside our existing sports hall are a really exciting development, it will centralise the School of Sport, giving this key area the facilities to be World Class.

“Conlon is a local firm with a wealth of experience in the education sector, so seemed the perfect fit for delivering the building project, having previously carried out projects on site.

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, added: “We are delighted to have been awarded this project at Runshaw College, which will work to centralise all sports facilities. “This investment from the college demonstrates its commitment to improving the learning and teaching facilities for all students and staff, ensuring that they have the space required to maximise all learning opportunities.”