Lancaster University opens new-look £8.6m library

Sheppard Robson and Styles & Wood have completed a 69-week refurbishment programme at the 150,000 sq ft Lancaster University library.

The project saw the creation of flexible individual and group workspaces, and the installation of new fixtures and furnishings, and reconfigured stairs and lifts.

A live Ficus tree has also been installed as the main feature inside a newly-created atrium study space.

The existing library, situated on Alexandra Square, is made up of the original library building constructed in 1967 and an extension added in 1997. The refurbishment has connected the two buildings, with the majority of the remodelling focused on the original library building.

Mark Swindlehurst, director of facilities at Lancaster University, said: “Lancaster University now enjoys a resource that reinforces and reflects the University’s reputation as a world-class centre for teaching and research.

“The re-modelled library offers a flexible, inspiring, technology-enabled environment with a range of individual and group work spaces to support different learning styles.”

The scheme was designed with sustainability in mind and the completed library, which is often used by more than 40,000 students a week, is on track to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

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