Universities update on new buildings

The University of Central Lancashire has released an update of its showpiece student centre while Lancaster University has announced a new £17m extension to its engineering facilities.

Construction is underway at UCLan's £60m student centre (pictured), part of its £200m Masterplan. The 450 tonnes of primed steel being delivered to the site is creating the framework, with 1,520 pieces of steel in all being lifted into place via mobile cranes by contractor Bowmer + Kirkland.

At the same time, 1,848 sq m of timber flooring will be installed to all three upper levels of the impressive building – which will reach 16.5 metres in height in front of what will be an expansive Civic Square.

Michael Ahern, UCLan’s chief information and infrastructure officer said: “This is an exciting time for the project as we start to see the scale of the Student Centre and the skyline of the campus changing."

Meanwhile, Lancaster University has unveiled plans to build a £17m, three-storey building housing cutting-edge laboratories and facilities including a 3D lecture theatre.

The new 2,700-sq-metre building, designed by architects Hawkins\Brown, will become a showcase for modern engineering, and will feature a brick façade inspired by Lancashire’s local industry and viaducts.

Work on the building is set to begin in the Spring this year, with completion expected in the Summer 2021.

Professor Claudio Paoloni, Head of Engineering at Lancaster University, said: “This is an exciting time for Engineering at Lancaster University. The new building will be an outstanding first-rate learning environment that will inspire our students to excellence.

“It provides an advanced learning experience, and will foster new cutting-edge research with state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, further adding to, and enhancing, our world-class environment and facilities.”

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