Projects and Development
Current Building & Refurbishment Projects
Library Refurbishment starts this Summer
Lancaster University will start work on a phased refurbishment of the library starting this summer. The existing Library, situated in the heart of the campus, comprises of the original library building constructed in 1967 with an extension added in 1997. The first phase of this refurbishment project will regenerate the 1967 building as a key domain for independent study, contributing to Lancaster's status as a leading University.
Library service will be run from the west building whilst the refurbishment is underway and the project managers are continuing their work from the design stage with students and user groups across the University to plan the programme of work to keep disruption to a minimum.
Benefits of the Library refurbishment and its facilities:
- Provide an outstanding research and learning resource which supports the University's reputation as a world class centre for excellence in teaching, scholarship and research.
- Provide a design for a flexible, adaptable and technology-enabled working and research environment, which will meet the high expectations of current and future users. It will improve users' experience and enhance their ability to study and obtain information effectively.
- Provide a range of individual and group work spaces to support different learning styles. The working environment is to be improved to take advantage of the availability of natural light and a significant increase in the provision of power and data.
- The refurbishment will improve the user experience by ensuring that the Library's internal way finding is easily navigable, and that the location and layout of book shelving and services are more intuitive and accessible.
The Library refurbishment is the first refurbishment project on campus to target a BREEAM 'Excellent' standard. BREEAM is a measure of the building's environmental performance and the effect it will have on the wider environment.
More information about this project will be available after Easter.
New Engineering Building
Lancaster University is investing in a state-of-the-art building for the Engineering Department to replace existing facilities and provide additional areas for future growth and new specialisms such as Nuclear, Energy and Chemical Engineering.
The new building will open at the end of 2014 and will provide a world-class environment with specially-designed workshops, teaching laboratories and office areas. The aim is to achieve the new BREEAM 2011 Outstanding rating for this building to reflect current regulations and industry benchmarks and to raise the bar in terms of building efficiency in line with National Sustainability and Carbon Reduction targets set for 2016 and 2022.
New Chemistry Department
Work is underway to refurbish part of the Faraday building into a first class laboratory development for the new Chemistry Department. Reflecting the growing popularity of Chemistry at Lancaster and its aspiration to deliver high teaching and research, the newly refurbished area will provide a first class learning environment.
Any enquiries about the work should be directed to the Project Manager, Stuart Foy through the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New 3G Sports Pitch
Work is underway on the installation of a new third generation (3G) rubber crumb artificial pitch. The new floodlit pitch will provide a Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and International Rugby Board (IRB) certification, allowing competitive matches to be played. It will be located at the front of the University replacing grass pitch 4. WiFi and Information & Communications Technology (ICT) connectivity, to enable the streaming of live games, will also be installed as part of the project. The pitch will be available to use from June 2014.