Lancaster University Engineering Building. John McAslan
This new home for the School of Engineering at Lancaster University provides a diverse range of workshops; laboratories and academic offices, accommodating a variety of highly-specialist disciplines. In addition to providing new academic space for an expanding cohort of staff and students the University’s brief was twofold; to create a building which would improve the public face and working environment of the department, and to build a highly sustainable facility achieving BREEAM Outstanding. The building has recently won three RIBA North West Awards, including an award for Sustainability.
John McAslan + Partner’s design for the new 4700 sqm Engineering Building, won through design competition, arose from three fundamental aims; to create a piece of architecture and adjacent public realm that would enhance the campus environment and fulfil the ambitions of the masterplan; to provide a research-based environment which engenders staff collaboration and celebrates the profile of the school; and to provide a flexible working environment that promotes the diverse curriculum and research interests of the department.