Lancaster university’s central circulation route – the ‘Spine’ is a kilometre pedestrian walkway that runs through the centre of the university campus.

Eckersley O’Callaghan has provided a structural design which re-imagines the existing canopy structures that connect to over 20 different buildings, to enhance natural light, improve lighting and way-finding generally, and redefine a series of squares outside key buildings. With green roofs, wetlands and improved drainage, the design also adds a sustainable focus to the university. Our scope also covered the extensive landscaping works.

We worked closely with the architect, landscape designers and services consultants to develop the designs. Our work focused on the canopy structures and a series of pop-up pavilions that link the university’s central square to the bus station below.

Prefabrication was used as a means of enabling the university to remain operational while the work was carried out, with phased delivery of works to support this.

Lancaster, UK

Lancaster University

MICA Architects