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A new term but an old lease of life for Ambleside Campus
PLANNING permission has been granted to restore the exterior of an iconic Ambleside building as part of the university campus’ regeneration.
The previously mothballed site, part of the University of Cumbria, is set to welcome back hundreds of students this September after a summer spent refurbishing the buildings and improving the access roads.
And now, as part of phase one of the project, the university has been given the green light to restore the historic Scale How building by tearing down the modern extensions that were built in 1981.
At the same time, work will be carried out to reinstate the Percival lecture theatre.
The proposals, together with listed building and conservation area consent, were given the go-ahead at a meeting of the Lake District National Park Authority’s development control committee.
Scale How is an early 19th century building where the Charlotte Mason’s House of Education, founded in 1892, moved into in 1894.
“We are very pleased that our plans have been agreed and that the university’s long term vision for the Ambleside campus can progress as we anticipated,” said the university’s director of estates, Mike Berry.
“The restoration of Scale How and the demolition of the current extension will really enhance the visual appearance of the campus, re-establishing an attractive vista through the site.”
Meanwhile, the campus is set to welcome back around 500 students by summer 2014 after the historic site was mothballed in 2010 amid financial uncertainty.
Hundreds of undergraduate students protested its closure and South Lakes MP Tim Farron submitted a petition, backed by more than 5,000 people, to 10 Downing Street.
Although there is still a long way to go in the masterplan, next month represents a major turning point in its return as all of the Outdoor Studies degrees will be once again be based at Ambleside.
And by September 2014, forestry, conservation and applied sciences courses will be transferred there as well.
Phase one will see a £4.5m investment at the site — with further investment planned for phases in the future.
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