18 October 2018
Lancaster University has launched a new ‘Accessible Campus Project’, which will address accessibility across campus via a series of ongoing audits and improvement works.

The project team began the audit process last year, compiling a list of improvements for external spaces of campus via more than 20 individual audit reports. These audits provide a prioritised list of all the external spaces on campus and identify a manageable programme that is now ready to begin.

George Cox & Sons Ltd have been appointed to carry out the works across campus and aim to begin the first round of improvements from Monday 5th November. The contractor is locally based in the City of Bolton, and have recently been involved in civil engineering aspects of the Health Innovation Campus project.

The Project Manager leading the external improvement works, Nick Szpunar says, “The works are essential in ensuring the Campus is accessible to everyone. We have also introduced an Accessible Design Standard to ensure the improvement works we are undertaking now and any future works or larger developments achieve or exceed the British standards and current Regulations.”

Initial works include external improvements and remodelling of accessible routes around the Lancaster University Campus, including improvements to stairs, ramps, footpaths and handrails in accordance with BS8300:2018 and current Regulations. We are taking steps to mitigate disruption where possible but please note some works may involve small, locally managed closures to ramps, stairways and doorways. Please bear with us whilst we make these improvements. Contractors are on hand to offer assistance where necessary and the Security Team are available 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.

The project also has a dedicated email address where you can submit feedback and contact the project team directly should you have any questions or concerns. Alternatively, you will find updates on the Accessible Campus webpages and for further accessibility related queries; you can contact the Disability Services team via the website or the Students’ Union disability officer via email.