ENGIE unveils new £11m eco-friendly teaching space at University of York

5th July 2021

A state-of-the-art new teaching and learning centre has been unveiled at the University of York, following a bespoke transformation by energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE.

Known as the Church Lane Building, the specialist facility has been created to house the growing University of York Management School, as well as the Social Work and Social Policy department, who have come together to create the School of Business and Society.

Students returning in September will benefit from six new state-of-the art teaching rooms, 80 office spaces and multiple breakout areas, as well as a brand new café.

Sustainability has been central to the project, with the use of ‘green walls’ covered in reindeer moss to improve environmental wellbeing and air quality, while at the same time absorbing acoustic energy to suppress noise. Other energy-efficient features include LED lighting to showcase the modern interior and keep lighting costs to a minimum.

Sustainable transport options are encouraged with the provision of electric vehicle charging points, while those cycling to campus can leave their bikes in one of many green roofed cycle shelters aimed at boosting biodiversity by doubling-up as a habitat for insects and bees.

Sean Corcoran, Regional Director at ENGIE, said: “These new state-of-the art facilities reflect York University’s reputation as one of the best in the country, and will really enhance the students’ learning experience when they return in September.

“This project has been a great opportunity for us to combine our expertise in transforming places and supporting our partners on their zero carbon journey, and we’re really proud of the space we’ve created. It’s certainly got the ‘wow’ factor, and we hope the students enjoy using it as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it!”

Kevin Whelan, Director of Estates Operations at the University of York said: “The University is continually renewing its estate for the benefit of students, staff and partners. The new Church Lane Building is a fantastic addition in an ideal location between our east and west campuses offering students and staff the perfect place to learn, teach, work and socialise."

The Church Lane Building - was previously home to Smith and Nephew, before the company moved out in late 2016.