Bowland South, East and Tower
Following a nine month refurbishment programme, Bowland Tower and the East and South wings opened to students for Christmas 2013.
Over £4 million was invested by the University to provide five Superior Ensuite rooms on each floor of the tower, as well as a communal kitchen/lounge/dining area with views looking north and west over the rooftops and towards Morecambe Bay.
In total 136 rooms have been developed as part of the project. 55 rooms provide Bowland students with the Superior Ensuite option for the first time, while the 76 new Standard rooms around Alexandra Square add to those already available in Bowland Main and in the family flats.
Bowland Tower was originally built in 1968 with six rooms on each floor plus communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. By 2008 the building was no longer suitable for occupation and was closed pending full refurbishment. The East and South wings had been used as office accommodation in recent years but have now been restored to their original residential use.
Mark Swindlehurst, Director of Facilities said "the programme involved a tight timeframe to ensure the work was carried out for students to move into the accommodation at Christmas. The Project Delivery team, college and contractor have worked in partnership to deliver the project on time and within budget, a fantastic team effort."
Candace Davies, Residences Manager said "we expect these rooms to be very popular with current Bowland students, and future Lancaster students that come to choose College membership and accommodation this summer."
The Furness College refurbishment provides office space for the faculty of Health and Medicine. The project also included refurbishment of the bar, JCR, flats and landscaping. Work was completed in October 2012.