Health Innovation Hub

Health Innovation Hub

Architect
John McAslan + Partners
Location
Lancaster, UK | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Research Facilities

Universities
Hufton + Crow

Health Innovation Hub, University of Lancaster

John McAslan + Partners as Architects

An Architecture for Expertise in Preventative Healthcare

Lancaster University’s Health Innovation Campus is focussed on improving preventative healthcare. A specialism in medicine that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown up to be of utmost importance in the future.

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow

In 2016, John McAslan + Partners were commissioned to design a masterplan for an 11-hectare site for the Campus including the first phase of the development, the Innovation Hub building.

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow

Designed to instil a sense of orderly calm conducive to both mental and physical wellbeing, the Innovation Hub will bring together academics linked to the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University with local service providers including NHS tenants. This cross-fertilisation of approaches tohealthcare, combining teaching, research and external partners’ experience in health innovation, is at the heart of John McAslan + Partners’ design concept.

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow

The architects have shaped a building that, although timeless in its form, houses a variety of spaces conducive to both more formal and traditional ways of working and more recent informal collaborative methods that will benefit from generous social spaces.

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow

In plan, these different dedicated spaces revolve around a subtly asymmetrical cross-section that enables easy orientation throughout the building and connects its different functions seamlessly. This creates a sense of cohesion while establishing a collegiate atmosphere helping to promote an appreciation of shared objectives amongst those using the building.

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow

In relationship to its site, John McAslan + Partners have positioned the Innovation Hub so that the café and auditorium overlook surrounding woodland and rolling hills. These views help provide a clinically acknowledged need for respite from work on screens.Similarly, landscaping leading to the main entrance of the building reinforces its relationship with its parkland setting and introduces an abundance of natural light carried through inside via top-lit glazed circulation routes.

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow

The massing and materiality of the Innovation Hub is a direct response to its context with its expanses of green space and open countryside beyond. The low-lying pavilion-like architecturalform carefully disguises the building’s volume of over 8000 sqm over five stories. In section, these floors are stepped in a way that accentuates the linearity of the design and complements its topography. 

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow

The elevations are clad in concrete panels interspersed with perforated anodised aluminium ventilation panels. The bronze- coloured metal panels have been machine cut with patterns of digitised and highly abstracted tree motifs. This gently decorative panelling wraps around the entrance of the building creating a sense of ceremony on arrival. The warm hues and natural tones of the materials play well with the changing quality of light throughout the day and the seasons, discretely animating the facades.

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow

Project Architect and Associate at John McAslan + Partners, Paul East, reflects on the studio’s work on the Innovation Hub, ”At the studio, we work closely with our landscape architecture team to ensure that from the outset our buildings are embedded into their context in a way that maximises a positive rapport with the outside world. At the Innovation Hub, we’ve worked hard to embed the building into its terrain and to promote the pleasure we get from being exposed to nature.” 

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow

The biodiverse planting strategy implemented by John McAslan + Partners at the Hub is a part of this vision for buildings that enjoy a more harmonious relationship with the environment both visually and in terms of their energy consumption.  It also responds to a now widely acknowledged need to provide the public with access to green space. Again, something the current pandemic has highlighted.

photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow
photo_credit Hufton + Crow
Hufton + Crow
Featured Projects
Latest Products
News
Lviv’s Radio Garage offers an experimental space for temporary exhibitions with a focus on radio, sound art, VR-art, and interactive media
25 Jun 2022 News
Lviv’s Radio Garage offers an experimental space for temporary exhibitions with a focus on radio, sound art, VR-art, and interactive media

In Lviv, Radio Garage is a media art centre and an experimental gallery for temporary exhibitions wi... More

Urban infill project Manifesto Market Andel activates an underutilized gap in Prague’s urban fabric
25 Jun 2022 News
Urban infill project Manifesto Market Andel activates an underutilized gap in Prague’s urban fabric

Located in Prague’s Andel District, Manifesto Market Andel is an urban infill project activati... More

Amsterdam’s iconic Droogbak building transformed into a 21st-century office space for a prestigious law firm
24 Jun 2022 News
Amsterdam’s iconic Droogbak building transformed into a 21st-century office space for a prestigious law firm

An iconic 19th-century building next to Amsterdam Central Station, Droogbak has been transformed int... More

Renovated hacienda-style villa in Belgium respects its history while exploring form and materials
24 Jun 2022 News
Renovated hacienda-style villa in Belgium respects its history while exploring form and materials

House VD-B by Graux & Baeyens architecten is a renovated hacienda-style villa in Evergem, Belgiu... More

Landmark urban renewal project comes to the heart of Bruges with the completion of The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC)
22 Jun 2022 News
Landmark urban renewal project comes to the heart of Bruges with the completion of The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC)

In the heart of the historic city of Bruges, The Bruges Meeting & Convention Centre (BMCC) is a... More

Award-winning New Museum of Ethnography by NAPUR Architect opens in Budapest
22 Jun 2022 News
Award-winning New Museum of Ethnography by NAPUR Architect opens in Budapest

Designed by NAPUR Architect, the recently opened New Museum of Ethnography in Budapest is a purpose-... More

New Royal College of Art campus by Herzog & de Meuron unveiled in Battersea
22 Jun 2022 News
New Royal College of Art campus by Herzog & de Meuron unveiled in Battersea

The Royal College of Art unveiled its new campus in Battersea, London this past month.  With a... More

TAO’s Qingyijiang Road Elementary School explores a decentralized school system design that embraces equality, non-hierarchy, freedom, and diversity
21 Jun 2022 News
TAO’s Qingyijiang Road Elementary School explores a decentralized school system design that embraces equality, non-hierarchy, freedom, and diversity

The Qingyijiang Road Elementary School by TAO (Trace Architecture Office) explores a decentralized s... More