Lancaster University is planning to spend more than £4m on a make-over for one of its iconic buildings.
The Bowland Tower, one of the original buildings opened in 1968.
Bowland Tower is located at the heart of Lancaster University’s campus and is a well-recognised part of the local architecture.
Standing 14 storeys high, the popular upper floors give spectacular views over both Morecambe Bay and the surrounding fells.
The uuniversity has spent millions upgrading, refurbishing and adding to its facilities over the past few years,.
Now Bowland is to get a complete make-over, with more than £4 being spent on the refurbishment of accommodation within the tower and the south and east wings of the connected buildings.
Universities bosses are keen to keep work local and works with the local chamber of commerce to generate work in the community.
Lancaster-based Askam Construction has been awarded the contract.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith said: “I am very pleased that the University is generating opportunities which local companies are able to take advantage of. We have an important role to play in contributing to the economic success of our region and last year put about £333m into our local economy.”
Askam managing director John Lowery added: “This is great news because by employing a local company like Askam Construction, the university is ensuring that the cash from its projects stay in the area.
Every £1,000 the university spends with Askam is used locally to pay staff, local suppliers and subcontractors. That in turn is used to employ local people and buy a high proportion of their supplies in the area. That means that same £1,000 (minus tax) can be spent five or six times locally.”
Chamber of Commerce President Angela Seel said: “The Chamber is committed to ensuring our members have every opportunity to forge stronger links with the University to enable growth within the local economy.”