The University of Cumbria has secured £2.5m of funding from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help progress with the development of a new teaching block at the Lancaster campus.
The new bespoke building is part of the university’s ten-year vision to invest in its estate at Lancaster. This plan presents opportunities to enhance and reinforce existing spaces, construct new landscape squares and social areas and to create an improved environment in which to live, work and study.
This includes consolidating the campus by demolishing some older buildings to create new spaces and other opportunities for students.
Demolition of the site has already begun and the new teaching block will be up and running for the start of the 2017 academic year. The modern teaching facility will incorporate a new 220-seat lecture theatre, social learning spaces and 2500m2 of high-quality teaching accommodation.
Professor Peter Strike, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cumbria, said: “We would like to thank the Lancashire LEP for their generous support. The university in committed to providing students with a high quality learning experience; by investing and improving our Lancaster campus we are able to meet the demands and expectations of our students and, in turn, help to meet the workforce needs of our region.”
Dr Michele Lawty-Jones, Director of the Lancashire Skills Hub, said: “The LEP is investing millions of pounds over the next couple of years to fund modern, well-equipped facilities in order to enable local people to acquire the skills our county’s economy needs and improve their employability as well The facility at the Lancaster Campus of the University of Cumbria directly addresses skills shortages in the Health and Social Care sector identified in our research, and will provide a future pipeline of skilled and competent higher apprentices and graduates desperately needed by the sector.
“We are delighted to help our excellent universities and colleges provide high-quality facilities to match the high standards of education they offer.”