University of Central Lancashire highlights ten student architecture projects


A glassmaking studio, which also doubles as a community center, and a creative center that makes ceramic lamps are featured in Deezen’s latest school show by students from the University of Central Lancashire.

Projects, all of which are based in Blackpool and address issues such as inequality, sustainability and tourism, also include showrooms and a model boat workshop.

School: University of Central Lancashire, Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake

Statement from the school:

“Based at the University’s Grenfell-Baines Institute of Architecture, we offer innovative, creative and critical architecture education that examines the pressing issues of our time from a local and global perspective. This provides a comprehensive foundation in design, theory, history and construction technology. “

“Post-industrialization, poverty, sustainability, inequality, tourism, the relationship between town and country, digital media and new technologies are among the topics covered in the course. We are actively committed to expanding and diversifying participation in the topic and Profession of the architecture. “

Made in Blackpool by Robyn Platt-Lambert

“This building provides a space to learn glassmaking and allows artists to advertise their work through a shop.

“The proposal offers a community space that involves, educates and empowers. It’s a place where artifacts are made and a place where artists can design, learn, and sell their work.

“The project suggests maintaining the outer fabric of a derelict row of guest houses. It introduces a new wooden framework into the void of the building in order to organize the program in terms of floor plan and section.

“The introduction of the new is expressed ambiguously as the architectural language on the facade of the building – an approach that is continued through the reuse of bricks and other demolition materials.”

Student: Robyn Platt-Lambert
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett and Adrian Friend
E-mail: robynlambert17[at]

University of Central Lancashire

The back yard of Ayomini Oredugba

“The project is a place to create, learn and celebrate the memory of ‘having a good time in Blackpool’.

“It is a means of empowering marginalized communities and bringing tourists and residents together while learning about the consequences of having a ‘good drink in Blackpool’.

“The project is an open exhibition space with plinths and a threshold space that connects three streets. It also includes a workshop for making artifacts on a separate block with production facilities.

“What makes the program convincing is the spatial separation of the various building areas, which are, however, socially integrated.”

Student: Ayomini Oredugba
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake
E-mail: oayomini[at]

University of Central Lancashire

Blackpool Ceramics Studio by Isabella Robinson

“This project examines the existing economic, social and environmental experiences in Blackpool. It aims to provide a design that supports and enhances the life experience of residents who have let down the area’s declining economy.

“A new creative manufacturing center that makes handcrafted ceramic pedestal lamps is an opportunity for the city to enjoy a facility that promotes sustainable employment opportunities and a connected community.

“The design creates and activates new public spaces that connect newly pedestrianized streets in the city center. Ceramic is used as a facade throughout the center, expressing the program and at the same time referring to Blackpool’s traditional architecture.”

Student: Isabella Robinson
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake
E-mail: izzyrobinsonart[at]

University of Central Lancashire

Blackpool Textile and Printing Studio by Ellie Watson

“Watson has developed a personalized tote bag with screen printing. Here visitors can develop their design and learn the process of sewing and screen printing.”

“This project also explores the idea of ​​creating a workshop space in which the children can learn and design on site. This proposal envisions a landscape that includes a playground and additional seating that acts as a middle ground between maker space, pub and apartment building to the rear of the side.

“In addition to the development of a space that can be used for teaching, the site also has direct access to neighboring schools. This enables the children to use the workshop facilities and offers the local people space and opportunities to learn and improve their skills. “

Student: Ellie Watson
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake
E-mail: ellienwatson[at]

University of Central Lancashire

Stanley Park model boat workshop and clubhouse run by James Horrocks

“This project is studying Blackpool to understand the characteristics of a place. It also analyzes how ideas for new creative and productive building typologies can be developed.

“The souvenirs that I would like to make in my ‘Maker Space’ community are small model boats. These model boats can be made by all ages and abilities.

“The boats can be customized and themed to your personal preference, with your choice of colors, images and sizes that best describe your Blackpool experience.

“The creative space will also ensure competitive model sailors. A clubhouse and workshop for members will be added to the community maker space.”

Student: James Horrocks
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake
E-mail: j.horrocks[at]

University of Central Lancashire

Pension Retro-fit by Patrycja Wolak

“This project aims to build on what is known about Blackpool and to continue a critical and creative analysis of its territory.

“The crafting place is in the center of Blackpool and aims to appeal to local families and provide guidance, education and opportunities for future employment.

“Lino-prints are produced as souvenirs in the form of postcards and posters that are produced and sold on site.

“The strategy for this design was to minimize carbon dioxide production in the construction process by reusing the existing buildings on site and using environmentally friendly materials.”

Student: Patrycja Wolak
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake
E-mail: patrycjawolak1[at]

University of Central Lancashire

Made in Blackpool by Morgan Yates

“This project integrates the act of building into an area of ​​Blackpool that is at the intersection of working class and suburban housing typologies.

“The building offers workshop, studio and retail space for the production of metal ware brooches from recycled aluminum. The topic of reuse is continued with the inclusion of three existing terraced houses in the overall concept.

“The visual language of this project references and accentuates the local streets, alleys and the skyline created by the chimneys.”

Student: Morgan Yates
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake
E-mail: morgan.reece.yates[at]

University of Central Lancashire

Blackpool Urban Art Park and workshop by Michael Lasslett

“This project is derived from observing the existing graffiti and urban art culture in Blackpool by documenting large-format murals on adjacent buildings.

“The building creates a new public space on a wasteland that is currently used as a parking lot. This room uses a language of temporary structures through the use of fake temporary work infrastructure and scaffolding.

“These structures become a device to house large format canvases, walkways and platforms for local and invited artists to work with the local community.

“This work is then translated into smaller pieces with the help of the screen printing studios and workshops in the new building. The building makes reference to the earlier entertainment complexes that stood on the site and Blackpool’s ‘fake facades’ along the promenade.

“Scale and size are being brought back to a formerly prominent corner of the city, but with a subversive stance that focuses on artistic action and empowerment.”

Student: Morgan Yates
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake
E-mail: mjl99[at]

University of Central Lancashire

Donkey run by Rainer Townend

“Handicrafts and carpentry with a touch of ridiculousness shape the design of a new inner city typology. It offers carpentry, retail and living space and revolves around the production of a new game.

“The game called ‘Donkey Run’ refers to the coastal culture in the nearby gambling halls.

“The building develops an architectural language through the thoughtful and creative integration of painted steel mills on the piers and rides with the glazed brick and fence facades of Blackpool’s historic urban and retail typologies.”

Student: Rainer Townend
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake
E-mail: rainert123[at]

University of Central Lancashire

Ace Santiago courtyard and colonnade

“The experience of working, living and visiting in Blackpool shapes this proposal.

“This project is about pouring resin and presenting these objects to the public. This project gives visitors and residents the opportunity to get to know a piece of the ‘Blackpool experience’, to shape it and to take it home with them.

“The architecture consists of three spatial and formal main elements: tower, arcade and courtyard.

“Each is used as a means of opening up territories and at the same time inviting visitors to explore the functions, activities and amenities of the building.”

Student: Ace Santiago
Course: BSc (Hons) Architecture
Tutors: Lee Ivett, Adrian Friend and Eddie Blake
E-mail: ace.santiago[at]

Content of the partnership

This school show is a partnership between Dezeen and the University of Central Lancashire. Find out more about the content of the Dezeen partnership here.


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