The purpose of the development was to provide 800 new student residential rooms for Lancaster University with high levels of environmental performance at an affordable rent. University Partnerships Programme (UPP) had previously delivered over 3300 new student residential rooms on the Lancaster University campus.
The University development brief for Phase IV increased performance standards to new levels:
1 Improved product performance - Sustainability and the Environment
2 Enhanced living space and social provision
3 Improved Design Quality at both scheme level and accommodation level
4 Low rent proposition - i.e. lower delivery and running costs.
The commitment of Lancaster University and UPP to environmental issues required that this latest phase of student accommodation should focus on sustainability and improving environmental performance. BREEAM certification was a requirement of Lancaster University.
The new accommodation at Lancaster University is seen as part of the educational offering, and incorporates many of the attributes that support sustainable student living.