Edge Hill University is planning an on-campus beach.
The dormant students’ union and campus library will soon be filled with eager scholars studying towards their degrees and spending time with friends and holidays in the sun will be a distant dream for many as the autumn sets in – but Edge Hill is hoping to keep the summer spirit alive by creating a beach on campus.
“La Plage” – or The Beach, as it’s been called – is an integral element of the university’s landscaping plans.
The university plans to integrate the extended Chancellors Court development into the eastern campus, alongside the newly-constructed Creative Edge building.
Although still a building site at the moment, the beach is due to open to students shortly – hopefully just in time for fresher’s week.
A spokesman for Edge Hill said: “The beach is an attractive part of the landscaping surrounding the new lake and will provide an excellent location for students to meet up and socialise during periods of warm weather.
“This is something they already do across the campus in areas surrounding the western campus lake, rock garden and central boulevard.”
The beach will be the first built on a UK campus.
When students heard about the plans, they took to social media in their droves.
Twitter was filled with excited tweets about the development, with many praising the plans as an innovative and unusual feature.
Christian McMurray tweeted: “Can't believe Edge Hill is building a beach on campus. Beach on my doorstep.”
Charlotte Gillett said: “Are Edge Hill really getting an onsite beach? Hahaha I’ll be bringing a bit of Bermuda back with me.”
Another student, Jack ES Arnold, said: “Definitely need to get back in to Edge Hill now... A beach on campus... What.”
And Megan Harris said: “So cool that Edge Hill are building a beach.”