Lancaster University Urban Design Competition Shortlist Announced

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of Lancaster University are delighted to announce the shortlist for the design competition to rejuvenate the campus’s principal walkway, known as The ‘Spine’.

Lancaster University was looking for an innovative team to create an inspirational space where people learn, work, live and socialise.  The ‘Spine’, is a partially covered pedestrian walkway spanning one end of the campus to the other and was originally designed to allow pedestrians to walk the whole length of the campus whilst providing a degree of protection from the weather. 

The competition received an excellent response and the shortlisted teams selected (in alphabetical order of the Lead Applicant with collaborator in brackets) are:

  •        Gustafson Porter Ltd
  •        Land Use Consultants (with Design Engine Architects)
  •        Rick Mather Architects (with Grant Associates)
  •        Shepheard Epstein Hunter
  •        White Arkitekter

 The shortlisted teams will now work on their design proposals and will be invited to present these to the judging panel in September 2014. 

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Note to Editors:

  • Lancaster University is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary as one of the UK's leading universities, ranked 10 th in the Guardian League Table. Lancaster's journey has been a remarkable one. It is now amongst the top one per cent of universities in the world, with an ambitious strategic plan. Lancaster is one of only six collegiate universities in England. The campus offers a fantastic setting for University life and is located a short distance from the vibrant and historic city of Lancaster, and near to the Forest of Bowland (an area of outstanding natural beauty) and the Lake District.
  • Please ensure RIBA Competitions are credited when mentioning the above competition.  Competitions deliver exciting buildings and projects.  They drive up quality, stimulate creativity and innovation and generate a range of options improving choice.  RIBA Competitions is the Royal Institute of British Architect’s unit dedicated  to organising architectural and other design-related competitions.  For further details visit
Posted on Thursday 26th June 2014