Work has already begun on our two new Social Space facilities. Situated in the heart of campus, they will provide areas for staff and students to work, socialise and relax. They will be bright, spacious, comfortable and will have extended opening hours.
Foster Building will be extended to include areas for break out activities and informal spaces for social learning. A similar facility will be created between the Harrington and Greenbank Buildings. In these buildings key design features will include glass roofs and an indoor hidden gardens, as well as movable furniture so that staff and students can reconfigure the space to suit their needs.
The University is determined that the first delivery from the Masterplan will substantially benefit existing students, which is why the new Social Spaces are the first new facilities that will open. The University has worked with the Students’ Union to design these spaces so that they can be utilised for learning, leisure, events and socialisation.
We recognise that the student experience is much broader that the learning that happens in classroom spaces, which is why these Social Spaces have been specifically designed as an environment where staff and students can come together to relax, socialise and host meetings. They will transform the campus experience offering staff, students and visitors alike, the opportunity to take time away from their busy schedules and enjoy these warm and friendly spaces, truly making UCLan their own.
Update on progress: The Social Spaces are currently behind schedule due to issues with a supply chain and receiving resources from abroad. We hope to see completion by mid-December.