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University of Lancaster Masterplan
The campus of Lancaster University has an impressive setting with views over the surrounding landscape.  The original 1963 masterplan by Sheppard Epstein Hunter took its reference from Italian hill-top villages and proposed a compact arrangement of connected buildings. However, the original design changed throughout its implementation and recent pressure for expansion and replacement has resulted in an unstructured campus.
John McAslan + Partners' masterplan aims to reconstitute the original structure by establishing clear building groups accessed by landscaped roads. The improvement of the public realm and the connectivity of the perimeter road with the central pedestrian spine are the first significant steps on the path to a revitalised campus.
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 This strengthening of the spine is anchored by a number of key interventions: a new campus reception building of “gateway” quality, better landscaping, improved access roads and enhanced public spaces.
The spatial strategy will have the effect of “unbuttoning” the campus, creating a convivial place in which to study and live.  A space management study identified areas of over- and under-capacity, informing the reorganisation of the University’s principal facilities.
This masterplan is one of a series of projects undertaken for Lancaster University, by this practice including a “learning zone”, a post-graduate statistics centre and a building for the university’s Management School.
  • Sector

    Masterplan, Landscape + Public Realm, Higher Education

  • Location

    Lancaster, UK

  • Description


  • Client

    Lancaster University

  • Size

    7.4 ha

  • Cost


  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Masterplanner
    Theobald and Gardner, Quantity Surveyor

  • Status

    2006 Onwards

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