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 in the 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.
Mark Swindlehurst, Director of Facilities said: "In 2005 the University set out a strategy which had strict criteria to ensure that any new buildings on campus met the BREEAM Excellent standard and that any major refurbishments met BREEAM criteria of Very Good. This time we are aiming to raise the bar with an 'Excellent' standard for a refurbishment project."
New Engineering Building
Project Manager: Stuart Foy
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.
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Bowland South East and Tower Refurbishment
Project Manager: Helen Wood
The University is investing £3.2m into the refurbishment of Bowland Tower and Bowland south and east wings to provide high quality student accommodation.
The project will include alterations to Bowland Tower and a change of use of existing offices and meeting spaces within Bowland South East back to its original use as student accommodation. Current occupants are being relocated to newer, more modern office facilities around the campus.
Whilst A floor will be maintained as entrance and stores, B and C floors will be converted from offices to student accommodation, providing shared kitchen, toilet and shower facilities for the flats within Bowland East.
Floors D to O within the tower will be adjusted to 5 bedroom flats (complete with ensuite bathrooms) on each floor and shared kitchen/ lounge facilities.
Both floors of Bowland East contain an almost identical layout of one five-person flat and one seven-person flat arranged either side of the existing staircase.
Both floors of Bowland South contain an almost identical layout of two ten-person flats and one six-person flat, served by two existing staircases. The kitchen and wash rooms for the six-person flat are within Bowland Tower footprint, although the existing connecting door is to be removed and the corridor opened up to form a complete self-contained flat.
New partition walls and doors will form new shared kitchen toilet and shower rooms within flats.
Each bedroom is to receive new built-in desks, wardrobes, bookcases with maple effect veneer laminated furniture. The new kitchens will be fitted out with new modern built-in cupboards, counters, cooking appliances and sinks, as well as all new loose kitchen appliances and dining furniture.
The accommodation will be available from January 2014.
To find out more about the accommodation and how to book visit lancs.ac.uk/accommodation
New Chemistry Department
Project Manager: Stuart Foy
Work is underway to refurbish part of the Faraday building, previously the UPP offices, 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.