Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts

In 2011 the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) became the first higher education building and only the second building ever to receive a BREEAM Outstanding rating post-completion.

(LICA) is the academic home for teaching and research activities in Architecture, Art, Design, Film and Theatre as part of Lancaster University.

Project architect James Jones of Sheppard Robson, said: “We were aware of other buildings that have used the Rodeca product with excellent results and had also specified the product previously on the Sheppard Robson designed business school, the Rose Bowl, at Leeds Metropolitan University.

“From the early design concepts it was clear the client wanted to achieve an image of translucence in the building which we knew Rodeca would enable us to achieve. Other than glazing it forms the entire external envelope, creating that degree of translucence throughout the building. “ “Aesthetically, the Rodeca product helped us to achieve the translucent effect we sought to achieve. For performance effectiveness it generally acted as a rainscreen but in some areas it is the whole external wall. It was trebled to meet the thermal aspect of the building requirements.”

BREEAM Awards – Winner
Building Awards – Shortlisted
Green Build Awards – Shortlisted
Sustain Awards – Shortlisted
Sustain Awards – Shortlisted

Client: Lancaster University

Architect: Sheppard Robson

Product: PC 2550-10 opal, PC 2540-7 crystal

Size: 1,840m2