School for leaders
Construction has started on a major new extension to Lancaster University, costing well over £18 million. The £18.8m contract has been awarded to North West-based John Turner Construction Group, who will complete the new five storey building for the start of the 2020/21 academic year.
During a ground-breaking ceremony, the vice-chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith said: ‘Our globally-leading Management School is home to a thriving international community – one that continues to grow year on year. This significant investment will provide state of the art facilities to complement the first class teaching and worldrenowned research that we are proud to offer our students.’
The new building, covering 5,667 square metres, will offer cutting-edge facilities and significantly more space for students, staff and partners. Offering the space equivalent to around four tennis courts per floor, the building will boast three lecture theatres, collaboration space, a reception, multiple offices and an executive teaching suite.
The dean of the Management School, Professor Angus Laing, added: ‘As one of the first business schools established in the UK, we have a proud history of pushing boundaries and conventions to challenge our students and prepare them to become our future leaders. This building marks the start of the next exciting phase.’
The new building will be located next to the Management School and Gillow Avenue on Lancaster University’s Bailrigg campus.
A computer generated image of the new Lancaster facility
Nigel Sharp, of John Turner Construction, Professor Angus Laing, dean of the Management School, and Lancaster University’s vice-chancellor, Professor Mark E. Smith