Construction was completed by Morgan Sindall in October 2010 creating a new £10m building which provides performance space for the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts (LICA). The Building achieved the BREEAM outstanding standards which makes it the first Higher Education building in the UK to reach such strict environmental targets for construction.
LICA combines four academic groups; Art, Design, Music and Theatre Studies as well as three public arts facilities; the Peter Scott Gallery, the Nuffield Theatre and the International Concert Series. It also hosts the research group ImaginationLancaster.
The timber framed building, set in woodland on the north campus will be the public face of the LICA groups, with a stage for the nationally and internationally recognised work produced at Lancaster University.
The 5000 square metre environmentally-friendly timber building is wrapped in translucent cladding which filters varying degrees of light into the interior. The main accommodation includes three interlinked social spaces, with open plan offices upstairs.