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Demolition by UCLan of St Peter’s Square homes must be ‘careful’ because of Miley Tunnel

Posted on - 16th April, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, Redevelopment, UCLan, University
St Peter's Square is set to see all these houses flattened Pic: Blog Preston
St Peter’s Square is set to see all these houses flattened Pic: Blog Preston

Demolition of a row of terraced houses on Preston’s university campus is going to need to happen ‘piece by piece’.

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Running underneath them is the Miley Tunnel and this limits the options for bringing down the houses.

Work starts in late April in St Peter’s Square and is expected to take around two months.

Two phases of work will take place with the second stage starting once the foundations for the new student centre on Mill Hill have been laid.

UCLan is shutting off Rodney Street and St Peter’s Square until the end of 2020 due to the work.

A number of properties which front into Fylde Road and Adelphi Street are also being demolished and this will see these footpaths also closed.

This is what the new public square will look like on what was the Adelphi roundabout
This is what the new public square will look like on what was the Adelphi roundabout with the student centre behind

St Peter’s Square will become fully pedestrianised once the new £60million student centre is built.

A spokesman for the university said: “It is anticipated that demolition will take place in two phases. The two ‘wings’ of the terraced properties facing Fylde Road and Adelphi Street will come down first in June, to enable the piling for the new Student Centre to take place during the summer. Dates may be subject to change.

“Later this year, the main run of terraced housing along St Peter’s will then be demolished once the foundations for the new building are in place. This approach is subject to further structural analysis in order to protect the Miley Tunnel running beneath the terraced houses.

“The Student Centre building remains on target to be completed by the end of 2020, with the public realm to the main square completed in the first part of 2021.”

UCLan announced last week it is also shutting Maudland Bank for two years while work on the Adelphi roundabout and new student centre takes place.

What do you think about the demolition? Any memories of these properties? Let us know in the comments below

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