13 Dec 2017

ADP transforms physics department at Lancaster University

ADP has modernised a 1960s building at the Lancaster University to create new teaching and specialist research laboratories, and a new social learning hub for the Department of Physics.

The project has provided a world-leading teaching and research environment, which enhances the public face of the Physics department, and will support future growth.

The design brief was developed in consultation with the department through regular working groups with student representatives, researchers, technicians, teaching and administrative staff.

 A new double height atrium at the heart of the building facilitates social learning and autonomous study – key priorities for the University. A feature staircase leads to the new dedicated undergraduate teaching zone. This provides teaching laboratories, seminar rooms, a 36 station computer cluster, and break out areas.

The four large ‘function-based’ teaching laboratories have also been created. Glazed walls provide ‘shop windows’ into the refurbished laboratory spaces. These have become showpieces for the department, helping teaching and learning as well as assisting with future student recruitment.

Introducing new fully-glazed meeting and training rooms between offices has also improved interaction between students and staff.

All levels of the building have been refurbished and feature improved sustainability and accessibility, making use of natural light and ventilation. Windows and roofing has been upgraded to exceed building regulations, and all mechanical and electrical services have been replaced. The project is on track for BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

Prior to the project, the Head of Department, Professor Roger Jones, said: “This exciting project will allow us to provide an environment for students to match the excellent assessment they give of teaching in Physics. It will also mean that the important first impression of Physics for students and staff will reflect the cutting edge and vital activity within it, as well as providing modern working spaces for existing staff.”

Jon Roylance, ADP Director and Higher Education Lead said: “Through a number of interventions we have created range of new social learning spaces and new work place opportunities throughout the department. The refurbishment is removing barriers and improving access to facilities and resources. This contemporary, flexible, and welcoming environment celebrates the teaching and research excellence that the department continues to achieve.”