Lancaster University Masterplan

Lancaster, UK. 2012

John McAslan + Partners was appointed in 2005 to the Lancaster University Framework for architecture.  To date the practice has delivered two masterplans and six building projects, which have won a number of international awards.

Lancaster University’s hill-top campus enjoys views out over the surrounding countryside. The original 1963 masterplan created a compact arrangement of connected buildings but the design was altered throughout its implementation, and recent pressure for expansion and replacement had led to unstructured ad hoc changes. JMP’s masterplan reconstitutes the original structure with distinct building groups, improvements to the public realm and better connections between the perimeter road and the central pedestrian spine.

Initially conceived in 2007, the Masterplan was refreshed in 2012 to reflect ongoing capital developments and changes within the Higher Education sector. Approved in 2012, the new masterplan will help provide the context for ongoing developments at Lancaster University over the next decade.


'John McAslan + Partners very quickly understood the simplicity and strength of the original 1960s masterplan and has brought remarkable clarity to the overall project.'

Mark Swindlehurst, former Director of Facilities, Lancaster University

John McAslan + Partners. Lancater University Masterplan. Masterplan. 1965.
John McAslan + Partners. Lancater University Masterplan. Masterplan. 1975.