Completed Projects 2011-2012

Furness Refurbishment

Project Manager: Anna Cockman

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 completed October 2012.

Wind Turbine

Project Manager: Peter McMullen

The wind turbine was assembled during October 2012 and initial testing was completed in early November 2012. The turbine is expected to produce in the region of 12% of the University's electricity supply.

The Base & Careers, University House

Project Manager:Anna Cockman

The Base/Careers has been refurbished to provide a one-stop-shop for all student services. The space has been upgraded to provide seven consultation rooms, an open plan meeting area, meeting room, resource area and seating to enable careers workshops to take place. The scheme has also improved access by providing a new entrance on Alexandra Square. Work started in June 2012 and completed in early September.

New Energy Centre

Energy Centre

The existing boiler house has been refurbished to create a new Energy Centre to accommodate high efficiency gas boilers, a combined heat and power (CHP) unit, cold water storage and associated ancillaries. The building management systems and control will also be upgraded. The CHP will provide approximately 20% of the University�s electricity requirements. Completed in January 2012.

HV Infrastructure

HV Infrastructure

A project to increase the electricity capacity to the University campus. New cables have been laid from the substation along Green Lane, in front of the hotel towards Alexandra Park Drive.

County South Kitchen Refurbishment

County South Kitchen

Extension and refurbishment of the kitchen facilities in County South to improve the food and drink offering. The project was completed in January 2012.

Human Resources

The former computer centre has undergone a refurbishment project to upgrade and reconfigure the internal layout to combine the four departments of HR under one roof. The building now provides the department with a high quality flexible training facility for staff, students and delegates. The accessible and inclusive design creates a pleasant working environment, maximising both natural light and daylight. It provides a PC drop in facility for staff without permanent offices and embraces modern technology with a flexible working ethic.

A specific feature of the building is its green roof which provides many benefits including a refuge for wildlife and reduction of surface water runoff. This additional material above the membrane also acts as a protective layer to the waterproofing itself. More information is available here.

The building was designed and built to achieve a BREEAM very good environmental building standard.

Sports Centre

The state of the art facility offers a 25 metre Swimming Pool with 8 lanes, Climbing Wall & Bouldering Cave, Health & Fitness Suites, Sauna & Steam Room, Multi-functional Space, Sports Hall with 8 badminton Courts, 4 Squash Courts and Outdoor Changing Facilities. The centre is 30 percent bigger than the University�s previous sports facility. The eight lane pool includes a �floating floor� which can vary the depth of the pool. The Climbing Wall has been specially designed with input from renowned mountaineer and Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington.

Further information about the Sports Centre including membership details can be viewed here.

You can also view a timelapse video of the sports centre being built here.

Charles Carter Building

Officially opened:  May 2011
Project Manager:  Paul Garstang

The 4,000sq m building, named after the founding Vice-Chancellor, provides additional academic facilities for Lancaster University Management School.  It is built in the same architectural style as the new Grizedale College development, with angular grassed and seating areas on George Fox Square. The ground floor of the building includes an open plan glazed atrium, an executive meeting room and lecture theatre while the upper floors include open plan PhD work areas, a large meeting room and academic offices.

It has been built to the highest environmental standards by Galliford Try, achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating. The architects, John McAslan and Partners, have integrated energy-reducing features into the design wherever possible. The south elevation is designed to shade the building while the concrete roof protects the top floor from heating up in the sun. Recycling facilities are located throughout the building, and reduction of car use will also be promoted as the landscaping includes secure, covered bicycle spaces.  A staff shower facility is provided on each floor.

LICA Building

Completed: October 2010
Senior Project Manager: Suzanne Parkinson

Construction was completed by Morgan Sindall in October 2010 a new £10m building to provide performance space for the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA).  The Building aims to achieve the BREEAM ‘outstanding’ standards which would make it the first Higher Education building in the UK to reach such strict environmental targets for construction.

LICA combines four academic groups; Art, Design, Music and Theatre Studies as well as three public arts facilities; the Peter Scott Gallery, the Nuffield Theatre and the International Concert Series. It also hosts the research group ImaginationLancaster.

The timber framed building, set in woodland on the north campus will be the public face of the LICA groups, with a stage for the nationally and internationally recognised work produced at Lancaster University.

The 5000 square metre environmentally-friendly timber building is wrapped in translucent cladding which filters varying degrees of light into the interior. The main accommodation includes three interlinked social spaces, with open plan offices upstairs.


BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.

To date the University has delivered seven BREEAM Excellent new builds and there are a further two BREEAM Excellent new builds are currently onsite.

Click here for more information about BREEAM.

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