Lancaster University School of Maths – Projects

Lancaster University School of Maths

Client: Lancaster University / Cardinal Newman College
Sector: Education
Value: £8 million
Location: Preston
Status: In Progress
Internal Team: Catherine Mulley

The team has designed a high-quality space with a central atrium at the core for a unique maths community which perfectly suits the specific learning needs of the pupils. With planning permission recently granted, this new £8m building will house a state-of-the-art A-Level college for some of the most promising young mathematicians in Lancashire.

Such ‘maths communities’ are already thriving at the three other specialist colleges that are up and running elsewhere. This will be only the fourth in the country to have such a facility for students with an exceptional aptitude and passion for mathematics.

The Maths School will be a distinct and unique specialist provider of outstanding mathematics teaching for students wanting to immerse themselves in a small close-knit community of like-minded scholars. It will provide exceptional teaching, a high-quality environment and resources with undergraduate-level content, for students from all backgrounds, within a learning community where talented and enthusiastic young mathematicians in years 12 and 13 can thrive.

The country's brightest young mathematicians need environments that are conducive to a very particular style of learning. As such, we've designed Lancaster University's new School of Mathematics around a distinct three-story atrium that will serve as a gateway into an exceptional maths community.

We're describing the welcoming and spacious form of the atrium as a vertical 'Axis for Learning' because its expansive glazing and connectivity with various learning spaces will encourage the students to thrive. It will provide a critical link between the auditorium and the main teaching wing, while serving as a space in its own right for the promotion of social interaction and open learning.

Catherine Mulley - Pozzoni