A new library could be built at Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus.

If plans are approved by Newark and Sherwood District Council, two brick semi-detached houses and two portable buildings would be demolished and replaced with a modern library block.

It would be a single-storey, modern-style building covering 1,000 square metres and clad in red cedar.

The application, submitted by Harris Lamb on behalf of the university, said the campus’ current library was no longer fit for purpose.

It said: “The existing library at Brackenhurst needs to be replaced since it is too small to meet the requirements of staff and students.

“The facilities and working environment are out-dated and do not provide modern, first class facilities required of a front-line educational establishment.

“Given the nature of these facilities and the building within which they are housed, it is not possible to carry out a programme of refurbishment and a replacement building is required.”

The application said the university hoped new facilities would encourage students to attend after the cap on student fees was removed.

It said: “Nottingham Trent University is responding by providing high-quality contemporary facilities across its portfolio to remain at the forefront of educational provision and attract high quality candidates for both teaching and learning.

“In turn, the success of Nottingham Trent University is of considerable importance to the wider economy of Newark and Sherwood by reason of the investment generated by Nottingham Trent University, its students and also the spin-off benefits in terms of commerce and the training of the overall workforce.”

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