Conlon Construction start work on £8.15m social spaces project at Lancashire university

Conlon Construction has started work on a £8.15 million social spaces project at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

The scheme, which is one of the first projects expected to be completed within the university’s £200million Masterplan, will see the Preston-based contractor construct a single storey ground floor extension to the existing Foster Building. It will include areas for break out activities and informal spaces for social learning.

A similar facility will also be created linking together Harrington and Greenbank buildings and both are being developed with the Students’ Union and as a direct result of student feedback.

Designed by architecture practice AHR, it is hoped the new social spaces, due for completion in the autumn, will further improve the UCLan experience, encourage people to remain on campus for longer, and see staff and students mixing in a relaxed environment.

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, added: “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.”

Michael Ahern, chief operating officer for UCLan, said: “Increasingly, students expect 24-7 access to flexible, multi-purpose facilities. The new social spaces will accommodate, energise and inspire students and staff in a vibrant and engaging environment – one that people want to be part of.

“The best learning and research outcomes are achieved when a diverse range of environments are available and this will be a quality space which will blur the traditional boundaries between places to work and socialise.

“We’re pleased to be working with a local firm on this project, supporting jobs and the local economy, which is a key driver of the overall Masterplan.”

Your News

If you've got a story that would be of interest to Builder & Engineer readers, send us an email

Features

2017-05-31 14:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 09:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 11:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 15:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 11:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 10:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 11:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 17:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

Free E-newsletter Sign-Up

Sign up for our free e-newsletter

Looking for a company or service?