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New social areas for UCLan students and staff open

Posted on - 23rd January, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, UCLan, University
One of the new social spaces on the Preston campus
One of the new social spaces on the Preston campus

New areas for staff and students at Preston’s university to relax and work in have been unveiled.

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The University of Central Lancashire’s ‘social spaces’ have cost £8.15million and there are two of them across the city campus.

The first is a single-storey ground floor extension to the Foster building and the second is a new link between the Harrington and Greenbank buildings.

They have seats, glass roofs and indoor hidden gardens to explore. All the furniture is moveable so it can be re-arranged based on what students and staff want.

Chair of the university board David Taylor said: “The opening of the social spaces marks the beginning of a new era here at UCLan, one that has certainly set the bar very high for the rest of our exciting Campus Masterplan.

“The new social hubs are outstanding facilities of which we can all be proud, providing integrated spaces where staff and students from different disciplines can mix and meet. It’s exciting to have completed the first phase of our five-year Masterplan, which will serve the needs and ambitions of our University, City and region for many decades to come.”

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The social spaces have been developed in conjunction with UCLan Students’ Union.

President Sana Iqbal said: “The Students’ Union is incredibly proud of the student social spaces. We’ve worked hard for over a year to ensure that every aspect of the design caters for the needs of students. These are spaces for recreational activity; areas to Skype and kitchenettes to make yourself a brew are just some of the ideas that have been brought to fruition in these spaces through rigorous student consultation.”

Conlon Construction have been working on the social spaces since last year and completed the work just after Christmas.

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Chairman of Conlon Construction Michael Conlon said: “As a locally based regional contractor, we are delighted to have successfully delivered the UCLan social spaces and to have kicked-off the Masterplan scheme, which when complete will have a major impact on our home city of Preston.”

What do you think about the new social spaces? Do you study or work at UCLan? Have you used them? Let us know in the comments below

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