Winckley Square base for new Preston University Technical College

Posted on - 5th May, 2014 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, UCLan
The Guild University Technical College on Winckley Square

The Guild University Technical College on Winckley Square

The proposed new university technical college in Preston would be on Winckley Square.


Preston City Council and UCLan are preparing to do up Guild House on the corner of Cross Street and the Square if funding is approved.

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A survey is currently underway asking parents and employers what they think about the proposal for the technical college.

It closes on Tuesday and by Friday the final bid to the Department for Education and Skills must be submitted.

The city council are banking on £10 million to be able to renovate Guild House and turn it into a new education centre.


A University Technical College would be branded as the Guild UTC and be focused on practical courses to create the next generation of Preston engineers, construction workers and other skilled industries.

Guild House was formerly an office block and is owned by Lancashire County Council.

Lorraine Norris, chief executive of Preston City Council, said: “The Preston Guild UTC is an excellent concept and has wide spread support from across the city. Preston is uniquely placed to train designers, engineers and construction workers of the future in a wide range of both high tech and traditional skills. The City has great transport and communication links and has a proud history in the industrial, construction and engineering sectors.

“Based in Winckley Square, the proposed Preston Guild UTC would bring a further investment and an economic boost to the City Centre. We hope that people are able to take part in the survey and have their say on the future of this exciting project.”

The two surveys are open until Tuesday, one for employers and one for parents.

What do you think about the technical college proposal? Let us know in the comments below

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