The 1960s were a time of massive growth and expansion for Harris College as the groundwork was put in place for its future as a leading provider of higher education in the region. Gradually the College would discontinue its lower-level courses and begin to focus solely on higher-level provision.
Soon after the establishment of Harris College, plans to upgrade buildings and expand the campus got underway.
The new buildings would be designed by the Ministry of Education. Before construction began, the local authority began buying up land around the College, including properties in Corporation Street, Kendal Street, Foster Square and Maudland Road. The Lancaster Canal was drained and filled in.