The Preston Docks of the future: Students unveil their big ideas for the Docklands

Posted on - 31st December, 2012 - 2:20pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
A student with the scale model of Preston Docks

A student with the scale model of Preston Docks

An underwater casino, a sustainable fish farm and a tree top walk are just some of the ideas for Preston’s Docklands put forward by students at UCLan.


Architecture students have been designing the docks of the future as part of their project and a scale model has been produced showing how the area could be developed.

The plans for the docks were presented to Preston City Council planning officer Matthew Edwards who gave feedback to the students, and assessed the model of their plans made to be 200th the size of the docks.

Watch a video of the student plans

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Student Hollie Muir said: “Although Preston City Council had no plans to regenerate the Docklands in the near future it was a worthwhile exercise, in fact the River Ribble already has an Archimedes screw generator so the concept is entirely possible.

“We received positive feedback from the Planning Officer who viewed our scale model and said we have come up with very innovative and exciting ideas.”

Fellow architecture student Jacob Hussey said: “It’s been a great exercise to work in groups on a large scale project and I’m really pleased with the final result. Presenting our project to Preston City Council meant we had a good experience of what it’s like to work in a professional environment with industry clients.”

UCLan Architecture tutor John Wakefield commented: “We want the new department of architecture to be of service to the people of Preston and Lancashire and this short speculative project explores a few interesting urban and architecture ideas.

“All of the students worked very hard to complete the project to a high standard with a tight deadline. We want UCLan’s architecture course to really make its mark and I hope this task is thought provoking for the people of Preston.”

A spokesman for the council confirmed they had no plans for the Docklands at the current time.

What do you think of the student ideas? What would you like to see happen at the Docklands? Let us know in the comments below

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