Ian White Associates have acted as Landscape Consultants to the University since 2004, initially to produce a campus landscape masterplan, and subsequently to both develop projects identified in that plan and to contribute to new construction projects as part of the continuing expansion of facilities.
The Landscape Masterplan served as a prospectus for future works, giving direction to the progressive refurbishment of external spaces and more active management of the landscape structure. A number of landscape-led projects have been born of the masterplan, including a new formal entrance to University House, the Bonington Step green in the heart of Fylde and Furness Colleges, a Campus Cycle Improvements Plan and a Campus Biodiversity Action Plan. Most notably, renewal of the central Alexandra Square has incorporated access for all across the square and to the bus station beneath, and involved extensive consultation through public events.
An ambitious programme of refurbishment and new buildings have provided the opportunity for associated improvements to the public realm, replacing tired materials and introducing more social, dynamic spaces. The Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts includes a large pond to attenuate roof-water and provide habitat and aesthetic value. The Charles Carter Building faces onto a new piazza, George Fox Square, that provides seating and sunlounging on inclined shards of grass; connectivity of routes and consistency of materials combine to make this location a nexus on the busy pedestrian spine route, successfully integrating the award-winning new building.
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