UWS Lanarkshire is designed to revolutionise students’ higher education experience, a sustainable campus for sustainable minds.
Ditching traditional lecture hall layouts and enclosed classrooms, it recognises that physical and digital spaces both shape learning. It provides an open, technology-rich, immersive and interactive environment which is responsive to students’ need for both online and face-to-face collaboration, and open 24/7.
Based in Hamilton International business park, the new campus incorporates 26,000 square metres of flexible space, serving more than 4,100 students and 200 staff across five academic schools. It includes simulated nursing and midwifery wards, an extreme environments laboratory, state-of-the-art biomechanics and specialist sports labs, a 236-capacity auditorium, a gym, health and fitness centre, and a conference space for up to 128 people, as well as areas for individual and collaborative working.
The three campus buildings are linked by The Street, a work and social space for students, staff and the local community. Next door on the business park are more than 80 businesses including the bank HSBC, retailer John Lewis and engineering company Babcock, providing collaboration opportunities for students, graduates and academics.
But a key feature of the campus is also sustainability. While the campus it replaced contributed 22% of the university’s overall carbon footprint, Lanarkshire is carbon neutral, powered by 100% renewable energy from the nearby Blantyre Muir wind farm and solar panels. Rainwater harvesting collects, filters and pumps water around the campus, while the building incorporates LED lighting linked to daylight and occupancy, and even uses compostable cutlery. The campus ventilation system is able to monitor CO2 concentration and vary airflow rates accordingly, which saves electricity.
New bus routes from nearby areas were created to serve the site and electric vehicle charging points introduced. Cycle storage and maintenance has been provided through a partnership with Cycle Scotland. Lanarkshire also pioneered in-house roasting of Fairtrade coffee beans at the university.
Students, university staff and external organisations were consulted in the planning stage of the campus, which was designed by Mosaic Architecture & Design and developed by HFD property group at a cost of £110m.