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Creating award-winning “eco-residences” at Lancaster

Lancaster University 4,347 2003

30% lower carbon footprint

UPP began the long-standing partnership with Lancaster University in 2003. UPP operate approximately two-thirds of accommodation offered by the University on its Bailrigg campus.

Amongst the rooms provided are standard, ensuite and studio and family flat accommodation. In addition to the core stock, eco-residences were constructed to provide environmentally-friendly accommodation for students.

Working with Professor Avi Friedman, Professor of Architecture at McGill University, the residences have a 30% lower carbon footprint in comparison to typical student accommodation. The award-winning eco-residence townhouses were constructed using timber sourced from sustainable, managed forests which reduced the carbon footprint by a third. Roof mounted solar thermal panels preheat hot water and lighting is controlled by passive infrared units. Enhanced insulation levels and air tightness also contribute to reducing utilities and residents may monitor their utility consumption online to monitor their environmental impact.

Lancaster’s accommodation has been named ‘Best University Halls’ eight times since 2010 at the UK’s prestigious National Student Housing Awards.

Accommodation features

Accommodation offering

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Ensuite rooms

The ensuite rooms are arranged into flats for up to 8 students and share an open plan kitchen, living and dining area.

Each bedroom is equipped fitted furniture; a wardrobe, shelving, desk, pedestal, chair, noticeboards and a bathroom with shower. Single and double rooms are available.


Built in 2008, the townhouses are shared by 12 people. The upper 3 floors have 4 bedrooms each and share a shower room.

The ground floor has a living, dining and kitchen area and an additional WC.

All townhouses are award winning eco-residences.

Family flats

Family flats are available with either two or three bedrooms.  Each has a double bedroom with a 1300mm wide bed, a further bedroom with bunk beds, a living/dining/kitchen area and a bathroom


A studio is a self-contained space with its own kitchenette and ensuite bathroom

Services delivered

Reactive and planned maintenance

Sinking fund

Grounds maintenance

Pest control