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Campus Development at Lancaster University

Over £450m has been invested into the campus buildings and facilities in the last ten years with a further £135m planned for the next three years.

A new campus masterplan is being created with the University's architects, underpinning the University's commitment to provide world-class teaching and research facilities.

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.

Any enquiries about this work should be directed to the Project Manager, Stuart Foy through the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333 or email.

Faraday Building Refurbishment for Chemistry

A £26 million investment is underway to redevelop and equip the Faraday building. The refurbishment programme for Chemistry at Lancaster will provide custom-designed undergraduate laboratories to support teaching in synthetic, analytical and spectroscopy, and computational chemistries.

The project will also provide dedicated synthetic and non-synthetic (analytical and spectroscopy) research laboratories, computer-based research laboratories to support chemical theory, a computation section and further space to house the growing collection of research-grade instruments.

The recently-opened NMR suite (currently housing 2 NMR spectrometers, more to follow) is the first of the custom-designed research support spaces to open. Other equipment already in place includes a microscope, HPLC and GC instrumentation and UV-vis and fluorescence spectrometers. A mass spectrometry suite is under construction, as well as an extension to our NMR suite, and space to cater for single crystal X-ray diffraction equipment.

Phase one of the refurbishment work will be complete in December 2014 and phase 2 will be complete for September 2015.

Any enquiries about this work should be directed to the Senior Project Manager, Stuart Foy through the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333 or email.

Library Refurbishment Project

Work is due to start on the Library refurbishment at the end of the summer term 2014. 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.

The University is working hard to keep disruption to a minimum. A dedicated website explains the refurbishment, the timeframes of the project and how to access books and resources during the work. The Library Refurbishment Project comes after 18 months of intensive planning and consultation and will completely renovate the East Building with new facilities, IT, workspaces and bookshelves. The workspaces in the West Building will also be upgraded to the same high standard. The Library service will continue in the West Building. Work in that area will be carried out during the summer holiday periods.

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.

Any enquiries about the work should be directed to the Senior Project Manager, Anna Cockman through the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333 or email.

New Teaching Laboratories on Library Avenue

Lancaster University is investing in new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories for Biomedical and Life Sciences (BLS) and the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC).

The two super labs will house a maximum capacity of 216 students across two floors, incorporating preparatory rooms and general stores. Both labs have been designed to be easily subdivided, allowing multiple disciplines to use the laboratories simultaneously.

The construction is aiming to achieve BREEAM Excellence rating and follows a low energy strategy which uses renewable energy as the last part of an approach to energy efficiency, rather than off-setting an inefficient design.

Additionally, the building will provide access for all throughout and every effort has been made to provide level access at Ground and First Floor. The way finding is set to be clear and intuitive; the new building will link into the principle horizontal and vertical circulation routes of the LEC building.

On Monday 9th June Library Avenue will close and the contractor will set up his site compound. To find out more about the road closure and the work that is being done to mitigate the effects this may have on students and staff visit the Facilities Projects webpages.

If you want to find out more about the project the Facilities Project team will be available on Wednesday 4 June from 11:30am-1:00pm in LEC courtyard.

The construction will be complete in January 2015.

Any enquiries about the work should be directed to the Senior Project Manager, Alan Haydock through the Facilities Helpdesk on 01524 593333 or email.

Urban Landscape Design Competition

An urban design competition has recently been launched by the university calling on architect-led, or landscape architect-led teams to rejuvenate the campus's principal walkway, known as The Spine.

The Spine, is the partially covered pedestrian walkway spanning one end of the campus to the other, a distance of one kilometre. It was originally designed to allow pedestrians to walk the whole length of the campus whilst providing a degree of protection from the weather. Portions of the walkway were left open to the sky to let in the natural light, avoiding the need to provide under canopy lighting in part. The original 1960's architects and master planners of the University (Shepheard Epstein) designed The Spine to follow the natural gradient of the land.

Director of Facilities, Mark Swindlehurst said "we are looking for an innovative team capable of rejuvenating The Spine and re-presenting it as a space that knits together an array of different buildings, external landscapes and addresses various building frontages and entrances.

"We want to create an inspirational space where people learn, work and live as well as go about their daily business. The university fosters a sense of community cohesion and The Spine should facilitate this."

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is managing the competition process and a shortlist of five teams will be invited to develop their concepts in response to the University's outline brief.

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