Contractor appointed for Library Extension

Picture of a construction worker at high level fixing some steelwork

John Turner have a long history of working with Universities across the UK, not to mention their current involvement as the main contractor for the ongoing development of the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS).

The £11M Library Extension will accommodate three floors of dedicated library space, increasing the number of study spaces within the Library by 436, bringing the total to an impressive 1750.

The extension will introduce a variety of different spaces; an exhibition space, digital scholarship lab, collaborative research spaces and group rooms as well as a large number of individual study spaces with dedicated quiet zones.

A lower ground floor accessed independently from the Library will accommodate space for flexible learning and use by many Lancaster University Students’ Union Societies.

A construction programme has been developed by Turner’s in consultation with key stakeholders from Lancaster University. Works are planned to commence in November this year and the project team are making every effort to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum.

The first stage of construction will be to construct a temporary fire escape to the Library before commencing groundworks and drainage diversions. During this time, some noise disruption will occur. An internal partition wall has been installed in order to reduce noise impact within the Library Building. Details of activities, including any potential disruption, will be communicated in advance by Facilities and the Library.

Turner’s will begin setting up a small compound from Wednesday 16th October, ahead of construction works which are scheduled to commence in November.

This project is the third stage of development, following on from the highly successful refurbishment of the building in 2016 and subsequent addition of study spaces in 2017.

More information about the project is available online via the Library Project webpages.

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