New £12m engineering building set for Lancaster University

Construction has begun on a new £12.25 million, state-of-the-art engineering building at Lancaster University.

Lancaster University engineeringDesigned by internationally-renowned architects John McAslan + Partners, the new building will be open for business by December 2014.

The new development will provide opportunity for the engineering department's future growth and cater for new specialisms such as nuclear, energy and chemical engineering.

It will provide a world-class environment with specially designed workshops, teaching laboratories and office areas.

The two-winged development with a central atrium will house mechanical workshops and laboratories on the ground floor, electronics and chemical engineering on the first floor with levels three and four providing academic office space, study areas and meeting zones.

Head of the engineering department Professor Malcolm Joyce, who also holds a personal chair in nuclear engineering, said: “We want to establish an engineering education centre in the North West that is a flagship and the new building will benefit all our work including our recent specialisms in nuclear, energy and chemical engineering.

“First impressions count. The new development will reaffirm our position in the UK. It will ensure we have the highest standard of facilities and it will raise our profile even further as a key provider of engineering education.”

The university’s long established engineering department has grown substantially, in both student and staff numbers and in reputation, in recent years.

General engineering at Lancaster is ranked tenth in the UK in the Complete University Guide and is, routinely, in the top 20 for engineering in other rankings.

Lancashire-based Contractors Eric Wright Construction has been appointed and will start on site once the demolition work is complete. The new building is set to achieve the new BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating to reflect current regulations and industry benchmarks and to raise the bar in terms of building efficiency in line with the University’s sustainability and carbon reduction targets.