Information System Services Building, Lancaster

Client: Lancaster University

Value: £7.6m

Design and build of a three storey building comprising three blocks interlinked by a series of bridges providing specialist accommodation for the Information System Services department. They are responsible for the University IT infrastructure together with many additional commercial support services in the Lancashire area.

At the core of the building a feature atrium incorporated bridge access and high specification balustrading.

The building was designed to maximise both natural ventilation and daylight with state of the art cladding design, curtain walling and brise-soleil.

Support offices feature around the central server suites which are environmentally controlled and natural light and ventilation is utilised by a light shaft surrounding the main computer building.

A complex mechanical and electrical design included bespoke computer cooling systems and alternative battery/generator power systems were installed in the event of mains failure. Concrete soffits with ceiling pod arrangement were exposed optimising efficient cooling and heating.

The ISS Building was awarded BREEAM Excellent, Considerate Constructors Bronze award and British Council for Offices Regional Award: Corporate Workplace.