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Plans to upgrade, improve and add to the teaching, learning and working environment for students and staff will also improve the sustainability and accessibility of the building, making use of natural light and ventilation throughout. As part of the project, all levels of the existing building will be refurbished and a two-storey atrium will be integrated into the scheme. The project has been carefully phased and managed to minimise disruption to the Physics department and the wider campus and is expected to be complete in Spring 2017. Reducing impact on the environment Naturally, the Physics refurbishment will also be targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. The key innovative and low impact design features helping the building to achieve this will be: • • • • Extensive retention of the original building fabric Upgrade to the external windows and roof to meet current building regulations Extensive natural ventilation Full replacement to mechanical and electrical services including replacement lighting installation and replacement heat emitters ISOLAB Lancaster University has also begun work on a £2m suite of ultra-low noise laboratories. IsoLab will provide the most advanced environments in the world for the expanding field of quantum technology. IsoLab will house three isolated laboratory spaces where vibration, noise and electromagnetic disturbance will be drastically reduced to give an “ultra-clean” experimental environment. The building will be embedded in the ground and separated from other buildings to ensure that the three 50-tonne experimental platforms are as completely isolated as possible from the surrounding environment. These laboratories will allow the operation of the extremely sensitive quantum systems and devices which promise to provide the transformative technology of the future. They will provide capability and access both for the University and industry in, for example, quantum optics, nano-machinery, quantum encryption, extreme microscopy and also provide the lowest temperatures available for cooling quantum systems. The project leader is Dr Richard Haley of the Department of Physics. At a ceremony to celebrate the start of the works, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith said: “This unique facility will provide a world-beating environment for modern quantum technology and provide support for this HSE INTERNATIONAL 21