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Watch as UCLan’s new Student Centre takes shape

Posted on - 18th February, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan, University
The steelwork for the new UCLan Student Centre rising across the skyline
The steelwork for the new UCLan Student Centre rising across the skyline

Construction of UCLan’s new Student Centre is underway.

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The building is set to be the showpiece of the university’s £200 million Masterplan.

The framework of the £60 million structure will be made from 450 tonnes of primed steel, and 1,848 square metres of timber flooring will be installed to the three upper levels.

When completed, the Student Centre will stand 16.5 metres high over the planned Civic Square.

Designed by Hawkins\Brown following an international RIBA competition, the building will provide a new reception area, informal learning spaces and a student wellbeing support centre.

If the video of the Student Centre construction below doesn’t load, visit YouTube to view it.

The new Civic Square, which is designed to be a gateway to Preston, will provide spaces for a wide range of community, public, business and student uses.

Michael Ahern, UCLan’s Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer said: “This is an exciting time for the project as we start to see the scale of the Student Centre and the skyline of the campus changing.

“We want to thank everyone, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists and businesses, for being patient while the work is ongoing. The long-term benefits of this major investment project will be worth it for many years to come.”

The changing face of the Adelphi Quarter as the steelwork is put in place for the UCLan Student Centre
The changing face of the Adelphi Quarter as the steelwork is put in place for the UCLan Student Centre

Other work on UCLan’s Masterplan continues to progress, including preparation for the Civic Square through contractor Bowmer + Kirkland and changes to the highways and landscaping around the Adelphi Quarter being carried out by Balfour Beatty.

Major projects already completed include the Engineering Innovation Centre, the multi-faith centre Oasis and the Social Spaces buildings.

Read more: Watch as UCLan’s new Engineering Innovation Centre comes to life

To keep informed of travel updates and diversions, visit www.uclanmasterplan.co.uk or follow @uclanmasterplan on Twitter. You can also email the Masterplan team with any queries at uclanmasterplan@uclan.ac.uk.

How do you think the Student Centre is looking? Let us know in the comments.

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