Uni engineers new plans

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Plans for Lancaster University’s former sports centre to make way for a building for the engineering department are to be discussed by councillors on Monday.

The new engineering building would comprise workshops, offices, teaching and research laboratories and communal areas as well as new external landscaping.

The site currently houses the former university sports centre, which is situated between the Management School, the Lancaster Environment Centre and the biology building on the university campus.

Following demolition of the existing building (which already has prior approval consent), a new four storey building will be built if members of the city council’s planning committee give the go ahead.

The ground floor of the proposed building will consist of ‘heavy’ engineering workshops and laboratory spaces with bike stores and service yard.

The first floor would include main workshops, team project areas and a range of office and meeting rooms, chemical laboratories and departmental meeting rooms.

At third floor level the proposal includes open plan offices, engineering research laboratories, breakout space and engineering and electrical laboratories and the fourth floor consists mainly of academic and open plan offices.

The main entrance to the building will be located under a large canopy to the east.

Car parking arrangements are expected to remain unchanged.

Council planners have recommended that permission be granted for the scheme.