A former hair salon and stonemasons are set to be demolished as part of expansion work by the city’s university.

The Stonemasons of Worcester and onetime hairdressers Sam Roberts Hair Design in Hylton Road will be flattened to make way for the University of Worcester’s growing Severn Campus.

The work will be carried out as part of plans to create a ‘health, wellbeing and inclusive sport centre’ to accompany the University Arena.

It will create new walking and cycling routes and green spaces throughout the campus as well as cycle storage for almost 300 bikes and 300 car parking spaces including 100 electric car charging points.

A planning application has been submitted by the University of Worcester because the buildings sit within the city’s protected riverside conservation area.

A statement included with the application said: “The buildings subject of this application for demolition … do not contribute positively to the conservation area.

“They are functional in appearance and of a smaller scale, and out of keeping with the other buildings, including the university’s other buildings within its Severn Campus, that form the Hylton Road frontage to the riverside.

“The site within which the buildings sit has recently been acquired by the university to form part of its wider and expanding Severn Campus, enabling these sites to contribute more positively to the surrounding area through [its] redevelopment.”

Worcester News: DEMOLITION: The buildings that are set to be knocked down as part of the University of Worcester's expansion workDEMOLITION: The buildings that are set to be knocked down as part of the University of Worcester's expansion work (Image: University of Worcester)

Stonemasons of Worcester has moved to New Street while Sam Roberts Hair Design is now in Laugherne Road, St John’s.

The university is redeveloping its Severn Campus ahead of huge plans to build an international cricket centre on the site.

The wider campus work and the plan for the new cricket centre were both approved by Worcester City Council’s planning committee in January last year.

Further work, which also includes the university’s ongoing transformation of the former Worcester News offices at Berrows House into a medical school for nurses, midwives and other health professionals, will see a new dedicated cycle route through the campus connecting St John’s and Sabrina Bridge via Henwick Road and Hylton Road.

The university has been working for several years with England Disability Cricket, the Worcestershire Cricket Board and County Cricket Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board to create the world’s first inclusive cricket education centre.