University refurbishment work will bring benefits for students
A major programme of work to improve University of Cumbria campuses is underway.
Libraries in Lancaster and Carlisle are to be improved with other investment resulting in more car parking, energy efficient windows and new decorations in buildings used by education, psychology and social work students.
The Harold Bridges library in Lancaster has already undergone refurbishment to Zone 1 of the popular facility; work to complete the refurbishment of Zone 2 with new furnishings, glazed study areas and provision of additional power and USB sockets will be complete by the end of the month.
Adjacent to the £9m Sentamu Building, work to install new energy efficient windows in the Bishop Cross building is poised to get underway. The refurbished building now houses more teaching and meeting rooms as part of a wider project to centralise student facilities on the Lancaster campus.
The Lancaster campus will also see the refurbishment of the Alexandra Building where new carpeting will be installed this month. Extra car parking has been created following the demolition of disused buildings.
In Carlisle, the Brampton Road campus library is to be extended allowing greater access to the vital resource while the fine art department will also enjoy more space as a result of the project.
A new IT room is being created and improvement work to photographic studios carried out along with redecoration of the dance studios and all corridors.
Meanwhile the Calva Building on the Fusehill Street campus will undergo a programme of re-decoration and carpeting over the summer.
“Offering great facilities equipped with the best possible IT in surroundings which will stimulate our students is vital,” Vice Chancellor Prof Julie Mennell said. “We’re proud to be able to offer facilities in the Lake District and within sight of Hadrian’s Wall and are keen that our students are inspired by their surroundings both inside and out.”
Pictured: The Harold Bridges library has undergone refurbishment including the installation of study pods, recharging devices and better lighting and ventilation.