Edward Roberts Court

Lancaster University have now opened Edward Roberts Court, an elegantly imagined civic square situated in the heart of their Bailrigg campus.

Following construction in the 1990’s, Lancaster University had been left with a non-inclusive and underutilised space in a strategic campus location. The existing area had not been designed to its full potential and was merely a functional space; the access routes were too steep, the finishes were poorly executed and the space didn’t connect with the surrounding campus.

This project re imagined the courtyard with in-depth consultation and meticulous design coordination, to reanimate the space connecting it to the wider campus – all delivered while maintaining a surrounding live campus environment. The court now provides seamless and undifferentiated access between the upper north and lower south area of the campus, while integrating exceptional design and material finishes. Wilson Mason envisioned a new meaning for the courtyard which would generate a safe space with new opportunities for social integration, improved movement and a sense of belonging.

The amphitheatre design encompasses multiple access routes through the space whilst delivering an integrated hub for dining, socialising and events, orientated for outdoor performances and pop up retail outlets. The inclusive design resolves legislation issues whilst creating additional collaborative learning space for the university, adding value to the campus and encouraging outdoor learning. A key focus for the project was to create a relaxing green landscape space to stimulate learning and promote well being.

Early work towards the planning and consultation aspects provided an excellent base for design work; likewise, comprehensive reflection and examination of details ensured the scheme was successfully executed.

“This is a fantastic refurbishment that will provide students and staff with a great place to eat, drink and socialise. We are really excited to see how the community will use the new space for events and activities.” – Jo Hardman, Head of Commercial Services at Lancaster University.