Winner Announced: Redevelopment of Lancaster University Management School

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Lancaster University are pleased to announce that the competition to redevelop its highly-renowned Management School has been won by a multi-disciplinary design team led by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

The project to redevelop the Management School is seeking to create a truly world-class and innovative teaching, research and business-engagement environment to cater for the future needs of students, staff and business partners.

The Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios team was selected from a five strong shortlist that also included (in alphabetical order of design team lead):  Haworth Tompkins; Hopkins Architects; John McAslan + Partners and Wilkinson Eyre Architects.

The Judging Panel which evaluated the Phase 2 design submissions comprised, from the University:  the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the Dean of Lancaster University Management School and the Director of Facilities.  They were joined by Stephen Hodder (RIBA Immediate Past President) and Jim Chapman (acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser to the competition).

The Panel recognised that teams had been set a challenging brief in terms of the selective retention of existing estate and integration of new build elements to deliver the University’s aspiration for a Management School of international standing. The Panel felt there was much to admire within Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ considered response - particularly the permeability of the design; the very strong plan form and overall organisational flow within the facility’ including integration of the Lancaster Leadership Centre’s existing suite of lecture theatres.

Mark Swindlehurst, Director of Facilities, Lancaster University, commented: 
"This project will create an outstanding study and work environment that mirrors the world-class reputation of the Management School.  The quality of the submissions, from some of the UK’s most exciting design teams, set the bar extremely high.  After a hotly-contested competition, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios emerged as winners, producing a bold, contemporary design concept which will transform the Management School.  We would like to thank all the shortlisted teams for their interest and engagement in this process.”

Prof Angus Laing, Dean, Lancaster University Management School, commented: 
"What makes Lancaster University Management School one of Britain's leading business schools is the culture of bringing world-class academics, excellent students and innovative companies into a community where knowledge is created and exchanged.  Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios understood the importance of creating a physical environment, which supports such a community, a community where creativity and ambition are fostered.  This exciting new building will form part of the drive to position Lancaster University Management School as one of the world's leading business schools, inspiring leaders and transforming practice."

Tom Jarman, Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said:
“We are delighted to have been selected to take forward this exciting project with Lancaster University and look forward to contributing to the rich ensemble of parts that make up this exceptional university campus.  The Management School is embarking upon a project that will serve to re-cast learning and research environments in a substantive manner and we relish the opportunity to play a part in this endeavour with them.”

Lancaster University Management School has earned a global reputation for leading research and teaching excellence, providing a stimulating and supportive environment for students from across the world.  The School features in the UK’s top ten and the world’s top 1% of business schools.


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Note to Editors:

  • Lancaster University, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, is one of the UK's leading universities with a rising global league table position.    From an initial cohort of just 300 students in 1964, Lancaster's journey has been outstanding.  Today the University has more than 2,500 staff, a headcount of over 12,000 students based in Lancaster and nearly 5,000 students studying in collaboration with institutions in India, Ghana, Pakistan and Malaysia.  Lancaster is one of a small number of leading UK universities to operate a collegiate structure and recruits talented UK students from a wide range of social backgrounds.  The Bailrigg campus offers a fantastic setting for University life, situated close to the vibrant and historic city of Lancaster and within easy reach of the Lake District.  For further information please contact Paul Smith (Marketing and Communications Manager, Facilities):

  • 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 or email .



Posted on Wednesday 16th December 2015