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Lancaster University Library Extension Building, LU Northwest England Campus Design, Property

Lancaster University Library Extension

27 Feb 2020

Lancaster University Library Extension On Site

Design: Scott Brownrigg

An £11 million, four-storey extension of Lancaster University Library, designed by Scott Brownrigg, has started on site. The scheme will expand the amount of study space in the Library by 2,562 square metres.

Lancaster University Library Extension Building UK
image courtesy of Scott Brownrigg architects

The Scott Brownrigg-designed expansion reflects the University’s growing campus population. Sitting at the heart of the campus, the Library provides space and facilities to support the learning, teaching and research of students and staff of the University.

The extension to the south-west elevation of the Library will connect through to the existing library areas through open-plan study spaces, and specialised collaboration rooms. Uniting both old and new library will be group study and meeting rooms fully enabled with AV. Glazed frontages divide the space, whilst simultaneously maintaining visual connections across the different areas.

An independently accessed, lower-ground floor will provide for teaching and use by student societies, opening up to a new area of amenity landscaping on Library Avenue.

The scheme reflects the client’s initial brief of the library as a ‘window to the world’. A popular concept from the very beginning, the glazing arrangement allows natural light into the building, reduces the use of artificial lighting and presents an open, active frontage. The ‘window to the world’ and its accompanying ‘collegiate style’ framed cladding grid achieves an enhanced identity for the Library within a busy university campus.

“Working with staff and students in a variety of workshops, the design team have listened to ideas, understood people’s needs and carefully planned design features to make sure that the building is not only fit for purpose today but future-proofed to deliver a sustainable building in the long-term.”
Paul Morris, Director of Capital Development & Estate Operations, Facilities, Lancaster University

“This scheme epitomises the value we place on stakeholder engagement in educational design. Lancaster University have fully-engaged with our concept and design from the beginning.”
Steven Anderson, Associate, Scott Brownrigg

Work commenced on site towards the end of 2019, and it is set to complete December 2020.

Lancaster University Library Extension building interior
image courtesy of Scott Brownrigg architects

Scott Brownrigg

Scott Brownrigg are a global design leader ranked in the UK Top 10 and within the Global Top 100 architectural practices. Scott Brownrigg have a Vision to transform the industry and enrich lives through the built environment to create a better world.

Scott Brownrigg undertake projects across all major sectors from business space, education, residential and mixed use through to advanced technologies, hospitality, civic and cultural, transport and defence.

Scott Brownrigg have studios across the UK in London, Edinburgh, Guildford and Cardiff and international studios in New York, Singapore and Amsterdam. These together with strategic alliances in the Middle East and Hong Kong enable us to serve our growing international client and project base.

Scott Brownrigg live for opportunities to push ourselves, creatively, in business and as a team.

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Address: Bailrigg, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 4YX, England, UK

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