The site is within Lancaster’s conservation area and detailed consultation was undertaken in developing the proposal. The design seeks to provide a suitably open approach to the campus by creating a new entrance space, whilst acknowledging the existing ‘keep’ and chapel, both of which are an intrinsic part of the site’s history.
The design delivers an environmentally aware solution maximising the use of local materials and natural ventilation. The building incorporates a Lakeland stone plinth at ground floor level, in reference to the University’s core location, which supports a cantilevered timber element creating a contemporary but rugged appearance in keeping with the building’s Lakeland theme.
The BREEAM ‘very good’ building provides the university with a mixture of centralised spaces. These include campus reception, student facing services, offices for the University’s administrative support staff, campus central catering kitchen, and a top floor restaurant which affords views over Lancaster and Morecambe Bay and is now used for external letting, as advised by Wilson Mason.
BREEAM Very Good