School for lead­ers

Lancashire Life - - EDUCATION LIFE -

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

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