Margaret Fell Lecture Theatre
The new 400-seat Margaret Fell lecture theatre for Lancaster University is centrally located along the main pedestrian route through the Bailrigg campus, known colloquially as the Spine. The project adjoins to the existing Faculty of Art and Social Sciences building (FASS), creating a much-needed large lecture theatre space to deal with the continuing growth of the university.
The completed project is located on a tight site, located between several University buildings which dictated the form and massing of the lecture theatre and associated plant, whilst allowing enough social and circulation space to handle the increased foot traffic encouraged by the building.
jmarchitects carried out several ‘working groups’ with the various university stakeholders through the design process to make sure that the project delivers the required teaching environment, as well as giving them a sense of ownership and involvement in their new facility.
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To continue and enhance the University’s high standards in architectural accommodation prevalent across the campus whilst addressing the constraints of the proposed site and high sustainability requirements set by the client and the fundamental teaching requirements of the end-users.
A building which provides a considered response to a constrained site with sensitive approaches to both the choices of building material and colour. A sensitive approach to the connectivity of both the main pedestrian route through campus (the Spine) and the new building’s connectivity to an existing building façade were challenges set within the brief.
An iconic and inspirational building which demonstrated sensitivity to its surroundings, fulfilling the aspirations of the client team, end-user groups and a challenging budget. The new facility forms the largest facility of its type on campus. The external landscaping encourages easy circulation on what was predominantly a brownfield site.
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