Conlon Construction has won the contract to build the University of Central Lancashire’s £8.15m social spaces, one of the first projects expected to be completed within the university’s £200m masterplan.
Work is now underway after a period of negotiation.
Designed by AHR Architects, the 10,000 sq ft social spaces is intended to improve the campus experience for students, encouraging people to remain on campus for longer.
The Foster Building will be extended on the ground floor to include areas for break-out activities and informal spaces for social learning.
Design features will include glass roofs and an indoor ‘hidden’ garden, as well as moveable furniture for students to reconfigure the space as suited to their needs.
A similar facility will also be created linking together Harrington and Greenbank buildings, and both are being developed with the Students’ Union.
Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, said: “We are honoured to have been appointed to this project which will kick-start UCLan’s multi-million programme of works.
“As a contractor local to the scheme, we have undertaken a number of projects on campus over the years, including refurbishment of the Foster Building which this development will adjoin, so our familiarity with the University’s built environment, along with our extensive education experience, will ensure we can deliver a quality project on time and within budget.”
The social spaces project is expected to be completed in autumn 2017.