Specifier Review
John McAslan + Partners

Wienerberger bricks leave a lasting impression on leading university campus

Lancaster University, one of the UK’s leading academic institutions, is home to 12,000 full and part-time students. Since 2002, more than £350 million pounds has been invested into the campus creating new academic facilities, student social amenities and improved teaching space.

In May 2011, the latest addition to the campus landscape opened its doors. The £10m, 4,000sq m, Charles Carter Building provides additional academic facilities for Lancaster University Management School.

Architects John McAslan + Partners were tasked with creating a modern working environment for the University’s 6* Management School.

Rather than create a run-of-the-mill, functional academic building, the University requested a development which had a strong formal presence, high in quality, but low in environmental impact to achieve a BREEAM ‘EXCELLENT’ rating.

John McAslan + Partners opted for a palette of black brick, glass and aluminium to create a simple rhythmic façade. Wienerberger’s Midnight Unsanded brick was specifically chosen for its smooth texture and aesthetic finish. The durability of the product, and sustainability of clay, only added to its appeal.

Paul Hughes, architect at John McAslan + Partners, said: “The building is enveloped almost entirely in brick and therefore it was important to choose a product which not only ticked the boxes aesthetically but also provided a durable, environmental and cost effective solution.”

The Charles Carter Building was opened by HRH Princess Alexandra in May 2011 and in the same year won the ’Best Education Building’ at the Brick Development Association’s (BDA) annual awards.