21 December 2018
Refurbishment plans for the LICA building are in development, which aim to relocate LICA students and staff from County Main to the LICA building itself.

The £10million LICA building was first developed in 2010 by Morgan Sindall to provide a performance space for LICA students. The project was a great success and achieved the BREEAM ‘outstanding’ standard, the first Higher Education building in the UK to reach such strict environmental targets for construction.

Following the success of the four associated “top ten” departments, and the subsequent rise in demand for these subjects (Art, Design, Film and Theatre), Lancaster University Facilities Division has commissioned a major refurbishment project to address the use of space within the LICA building.

The project will look to make structural changes in order to better use space within the parameter of the existing building. The project is currently at planning stage and the Project Manager is consulting with key staff and students within the faculty.

Judith Mottram, Head of Department says, “I am really happy that all of the academics in LICA will soon be housed in the same building – this is a big step for the department and we look forward to welcoming academics from Fine Art, Theatre and Film Studies to join the Design and administrative team in the LICA building. We are also really pleased that the PhD students from all of our subjects will soon be joining us here. LICA has been a department for some years but this is the first time we will have been co-located.”

Updates will be released as plans develop however; currently the project hopes to relocate around 20 staff and 50 students. Once a contractor is appointed, construction is anticipated to commence from January 2019 for approximately 3 months.