Shortlist announced for Lancaster University Management School

The Royal Institute of British Architects and Lancaster University have announced the shortlist in the international competition to redevelop the university’s management school.

The project is to redevelop the management school to create a world-class and innovative teaching, research and business-engagement environment to cater for the future needs of students, staff and business partners. It is anticipated that the redevelopment will open by the summer of 2019.

A total of 34 expressions of interest were received and evaluated during several days of assessment.

Five shortlisted schemes were agreed by the judging panel and the finalists are:

  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Bath
  • Haworth Tompkins, London
  • Hopkins Architects, London
  • John McAslan + Partners, London
  • Wilkinson Eyre, London

The five shortlisted teams will now work on their designs and make their submissions at the end of October 2015.

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When you consider that just over half of the large UK practices are based in London, how come the RIBA always seem to come up with a London centric shortlist every time? I mean really, how do they benefit from this?

By Bradley Walsh

I agree, it is disgraceful that there is not one northern architectural practice on the shortlist. There are numerous architectural practices “up north” that are more than capable of delivering a project of this nature. It begs belief.
With regards to your comment, “London centric shortlist”, the RIBA website states “RIBA Headquarters in the heart of London”!

By Bill Dickinson