The past year has brought continued change to the Lancaster University campus. Our latest completed development, the Charles Carter Building, was opened by Princess Alexandra on 12 April 2011, and was amongst five buildings in the North West recognised for their architectural excellence at the regional Royal Institute of British Architects awards on 18 May. This building, together with the new Sports Centre, marks the conclusion of a major campus new build programme. The major refurbishment programme continues to be strong, with the Bowland and Human Resources projects now on site and the Furness and LEC projects in the final planning stages.
The new building for the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA) was completed in September 2010 and was the first building in the higher education sector to be assessed as “outstanding” by the Building Research Establishment (BREEAM). This sits alongside the fantastic achievement of BREEAM accreditations received to date which already includes 9 BREEAM Excellent new builds and 5 BREEAM Very Good major refurbishments.
Further milestones achieved over the past twelve months include:
- The approval and publication of the University's first 3 Year Facilities Strategy (2010-13) which offers direction for the University, its stakeholders and the Facilities Division as a whole.
- The approval and publication of a Carbon Management Plan (2010-13) that will help guide the University in reducing its carbon emissions. A significant project is the installation of a wind turbine for which planning permission was recently granted.
- The approval and publication of a new Travel Plan (2010-13) that will reinforce our commitment to carbon reduction and help manage the travel methods for staff, students and visitors to the University.
The years ahead are going to be challenging for the country and the HE sector as a whole, and in order to try and prepare for these changes the structure of the Facilities division has recently been reviewed.
Ending on a higher note we as a division, and for our customers, can rightly state that there have been dramatic effects and improvements which can be readily seen in our estate, and the facilities and services we offer at Lancaster. The journey of improvement is ongoing and we have the pathways laid in our 2007-17 Campus Masterplan to guide us.
None of the aforementioned would have been achieved without the brilliant staff within Facilities, people who I am very proud to call my colleagues at Lancaster.