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Lancaster University

My son is probably going to be heading off to Lancaster University this coming Autumn so we were up there for a visit. I've never been up to Lancaster before so it was interesting to see the campus and the town. The University was one of seven new "plate glass universities" established in the post war period. Its purpose-built campus is on a 400 acre site south of the city and it features some interesting architecture dating back to its inception in 1963. I found this quote from one of its architects, Peter Shepheard, when they were surveying the site:

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"We went up there on a windy day, and it was freezing cold. Every time we opened a plan it blew away. And we said Christ! What are we going to do with these students, where are they going to sit in the sun and all that? Well, we decided, it's got to be cloisters. All of the buildings have got to touch at the ground. We then devised this system and it had an absolutely firm principle: it had a great spine down the middle where everybody walked. That led everywhere. The cars were on the outside, on both sides. When you came into the spaces things were square, they were rectangular courtyards and they were all slightly different. There were two or three essentials: one was that the covered way had to be continuous, the buildings had to be three or four storeys high and connecting to the next one. I thought it worked very well."
Anyhow, here's a few shots I took...


Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr



Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr


Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr



Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr



Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr



Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr




Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr



Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr




Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr



Lancaster University by Paul Kaye, on Flickr
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Re: Lancaster University

Interesting architecture but a bit brutalist for me!
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Re: Lancaster University

I think Brutalist has it's place. Was the blue cast intentional, Paul?
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Certainly a grey day.....
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Yes John. I wanted to bring out the hardness of the architecture.
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Re: Lancaster University

I have visited a lot of universities in my time but, alas, Lancaster is not one of them. It looks very chrome and glass. From your photos there are some bits I like (#5,6,8.9), some not so much (#7,10). The long walkway in #7 might look a bit cheerier with some sunlight on it.

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Re: Lancaster University

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Yes John. I wanted to bring out the hardness of the architecture.
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Re: Lancaster University

Nice shots Paul, interesting to see the very first University I went to for interview. Needless to say i suspect none of those buildings were standing when i visited over 40 years ago!
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Re: Lancaster University

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I agree with Zuiko, hard it definitely is
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History. He seems pretty passionate about it.
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Re: Lancaster University

I like the PP on this set Paul
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Re: Lancaster University

Love the treatment, takes me right back.
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Re: Lancaster University

Due to funding idiosyncrasies, universities have been spending a *lot* on new, sustainable and architecturally delectable buildings over the last decade or so. Quite a few are well worth photographing.

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Re: Lancaster University

Thanks for sharing .. some interesting views of the buildings

it does bring back a memory of when a group of us made an unauthorised entry into one of those student halls - it would be back in the 1980's and I was at a caving conference. we were Students so money was tight so we were camping on the grass, but some idiot flattened all the tents, and it was raining and the sleeping bags were sodden.

Net result we made said unauthorised entry (no permanent damage) and got into one of the kitchens put the stoves all on and at least we were able to sleep in a warm damp environment - we did clean up after ourselves in the morning

Now I've gone and admitted all that ... I hope the statute of limitations applies

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I can hear the sirens now Andy....Can you put Willom in the Hall of Winners for me re the Food Challenge......
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