Architects Impression of the new Engineering Building

New Engineering Building

Construction of a new three-storey building will introduce new 3D technology to Lancaster University and provide state-of-the-art academic spaces to students and staff. 

Current Stage: Design

The planning stage of the project commenced in 2018 and is now completed. Plans were drawn up and approved earlier in 2019. The appointed architect; Hawkins Brown worked with the University to consult with stakeholders from the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Engineering Department, the Students' Union and Lancaster University Facilties Division. One of the key drivers for the project was the development of the existing building in 2015 and its contribution to the growth of the department. The new building will allow for the expansion of the department and its facilities. 

Patrick Drewello, Architect  for Hawkins Brown said: “We are pleased to be working with the University to achieve a design that embodies the Departments’ community feel and strengthens their reputation for General Engineering by bringing together engineering and disciplines in a new cutting-edge facilitiy, also integrated with the existing Engineering estate and campus.”

During the consultation phase, Hawkins Brown consulted with a range of stakeholders across the university to identify the required design features and objectives from an architectural perspective. The feedback was collected and included in the design proposals for the Univerisity to review. Consultation took place via targeted events and meetings with staff and students across the university, including with the Students' Union, faculty staff and senior management of the University. 

The new construction will be located next to the existing Engineering building and will feature a brick façade inspired by Lancashire’s local industry and viaducts. Additionally, its distinctive arches and frame draw inspiration from the Crystal Palace, built in Hyde Park in the 19th century to house the Great Exhibition. The aim of the new engineering building is to offer a modern showcase of the latest in engineering.

Each floor adds approximately four and a half tennis courts of space that will accommodate top-class facilities including specialist labs for teaching and research, flexible working space for guest researchers, and a new development space to support start-up projects and businesses. The building will also accommodate a new laboratories for Computing Design and Electronic Teaching; emphasising the importance of technology in modern day engineering.

Paul Morris, Director of Capital Development & Estates Operations at Lancaster University said: “The investment in the new facilities emphasises the University’s commitment to growth as a leading, forward thinking University with the infrastructure to attract staff and students.”

The current phase of the projectis preparing for construction. The contract for construction has gone to tender and the University will shortly appoint a contractor. Once appointed, the contractor will work with the project team to agree a programme that will mitigate disruption and deliver the building. Stakeholders are involved throughout this process and will be the primary cnoduit for communication to existing staff and students. 

More details will folllow but currently, construction is expected around Easter 2020. 

The completed building is planned to open in time for the 2021/22 academic year.

 

An official opening ceremony will take place shortly afterwards. 

About the project

Plans to build second Engineering building get the go-ahead

Lancaster University has received planning permission to construct a new three-storey Engineering building, with work set to begin in Spring 2020.

Plans for the new 2,700-sq-metre space include a new lecture theatre fitted with the latest 3D technology enabling the University’s students and researchers to visualise complex models in a 3D artificial environment.

 

Each floor adds approximately four and a half tennis courts of space that will accommodate top-class facilities including specialist labs for teaching and research, flexible working space for guest researchers, and a new development space to support start-up projects and businesses. The building will also accommodate a new laboratories for Computing Design and Electronic Teaching; emphasising the importance of technology in modern day engineering.

The building, which is due to open in August 2021, will also feature additional engineering rooms and break out space.

Architects impression of the new Engineering Building from the Spine approach.
Architects impression of the new Engineering Building from the Spine approach.

Lancaster by Design

The new construction will be located next to the existing Engineering building and will feature a brick façade inspired by Lancashire’s local industry and Heritage. 

Additionally, its distinctive arches and frame draw inspiration from the Crystal Palace, built in Hyde Park in the 19th century to house the Great Exhibition. The aim of the new engineering building is to offer a modern showcase of the latest in engineering.

Architects impression of the new Engineering building.
Architects impression of the new Engineering building.