Eric Wright Construction, a division of the Eric Wright Group, has completed a multi-million pound engineering facility at Lancaster University.
Featuring a central atrium, the 50,600 sq ft engineering facility is a two-winged development designed to house mechanical workshops and laboratories on the ground floor, electronics and chemical engineering on the first floor and provide academic office space, study areas and meeting zones on levels three and four.
Designed by John McAslan and Partners, the world-class development will provide additional areas for future growth and new specialisms such as nuclear, energy and chemical engineering. Students will benefit from the state-of-the-art learning environment, which integrates contemporary ??live labs?? as a visible aspect of the external building design.
Built in-line with Lancaster University??s sustainability and carbon reduction targets, the building has been designed to achieve the environmental performance measure of BREEAM ??outstanding.?? The development combines multiple renewable energy sources including wind and biomass provisions.
Eric Wright is also underway with other projects on campus as part of the University??s ten-year master-plan to improve student facilities. These include the complete internal refurbishment of the Faraday Building for the Chemistry department and the construction of a new Collaborative Technology Access Programme (cTAP) building which will provide additional research and development laboratories.
The new engineering facility opened its doors to students in January 2015 and was officially opened by the University??s new Chancellor, the Rt Hon Alan Milburn on 4 March 2015.