Lancaster University acquires Forrest Hills
Lancaster University has completed the purchase of a 165 acre site on the eastern side of the M6, which includes the Forrest Hills Conference and Leisure complex.
This strategic addition to the campus, with adjoining land already owned by the University, will see the University running Forrest Hills as a going concern.
Forest Hills is a family run business, started by the Newsham family who farmed the land until the 1990s.
The Forrest Hills complex incorporates leisure facilities, a fishing lake, 11-hole golf course and a conferencing and events centre which is regularly used by university groups.
Ken Newsham said: “We’ve had a long association with the University and I’m delighted that the business will continue and that I will be working with them in the future.”
Mark Swindlehurst Lancaster University’s Director of Facilities said: “Forrest Hills is a much loved and beautiful facility which will be an asset for university staff, students and the local community."
Meeting rooms available:
This is the largest meeting space at the property with lots of natural daylight and stunning views over the fountain lake. It has curved straw bale walls, and welcoming wood burning stove which creates a special environment in which to meet and learn. The Reed Room is equipped with:
– Data projector
– Large wall mounted screen
– Hearing loop with microphone
Theatre = 50 people
Cabaret = 30 people
The Banton Room is located on the first floor of the building and is usually setup boardroom style, but can be adapted to meet the client’s needs. It has large windows with views of the lake, and the Corsican pine trees which form the structure of the resource centre and support the roof pass straight through the room. It is important to note that there is no lift access to the first floor. There are separate breakout areas for small group discussions, and a flat screen presentation system at your disposal.
Boardroom = 16
Cabaret = 16
Hazelwood lodge provides a relaxed setting with a wood burning stove, informal seating and a kitchen area. The building incorporates recycled materials such as oak beams, paving hearth slabs and a recycled hardwood floor. The lodge has an outdoor setaing area overlooking the fountain lake and the lodge is completely self-contained. Full tea & coffee making facilities are available in the kitchen which means that the only interruption you will receive during the day it when your lunch arrives.
Maximum seats = 20
With the Lancaster University situated just 2 minutes down the road, up to 80 bedrooms for residential events are available all year round.
For more information please get in touch with the Lancaster Conferences team by calling 01524 592444 or emailing [email protected].