£8m college scheme paves way for link road

The Hexagon at Lancaster and Morecambe College is closing for 12 months for refurbishment as part of a major redevelopment.

The Hexagon at Lancaster and Morecambe College is closing for 12 months for refurbishment as part of a major redevelopment.

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A TEACHING block at Lancaster and Morecambe College where students learn the building trade will be demolished paving the way for the planned Heysham to M6 link.

The construction block will be shifted as part of the £8m first phase of a major programme of building works at the college.

The Hexagon theatre, the college’s popular entertainments venue, will close for refurbishment until September 2013 as part of the scheme.

Quoting the Highways Agency, a Lancaster City Council planning report says “the demolition of block F allows (the) road proposal to come forward.

“The new block F is sited further from the line of the new road and is in an acceptable position to allow for the construction of this road.”

The report also says: “The new ‘block F’...has the potential to occupy a visually prominent site on a key roadway in the area.”

The Hexagon will be remodelled with an extension and a new student support area and learning centre, but will still be used for live entertainment when it reopens.

A new music and media centre was built at the college over the summer holidays and new conference facilities are planned for next year.

The college’s reception area and Coulson Restaurant will also be moving on site.

For more see next week’s Visitor.