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."
New 3G Sports Pitch
The installation of a new third generation artificial pitch to the south of the two existing Astroturf pitches will be complete by June 2014. The pitch will be certified to FIFA and IRB standards, allowing competitive matches to be played.
Kim Montgomery, Head of Sport said "the delivery of this facility will have considerable impact on our sports teams, recreational players and the local community. It will enable rugby and football matches to be played in all weathers and training to take place regardless of grass pitch conditions. This is further testimony to the importance that Lancaster University places upon sport and the wellbeing of its population."
Emily Pollitt, Student Union Vice President for Activities said "I'm so excited about the installation of the 3G pitch. It's going to be such a great addition to our current facilities. There will be some disruption during its construction but we ask that you bear with us during this time."