Final beam placed at £35million Urban Hub development in Moor Lane

Posted on - 31st October, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Education, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment, UCLan, University campus
Pillars Urban Hub. Pic: Pillars

Pillars have marked a milestone in the Urban Hub project after placing the final beam on top of the development.


The 160,000sqft scheme scheduled for completion in 2022 in Preston is a £35million, 425-apartment student accommodation project led by Pillars and constructed by Truman.

Truman has announced that they placed the last beam on top of the development last week, reaching the highest point of the building and marking the completion of a significant construction phase.

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David Wheeler, Neil Brookfield, Mayor of Preston Javed Iqbal, David Cox, and Paul Moulding

Truman Director David Wheeler said: “The Urban Hub is a huge investment in Preston and demonstrates Pillar’s commitment to supporting city development.

“We believe this flagship scheme will create its own vibrant community, made up of young people and local key workers. We are so proud to be a part of the team making it a reality.”

The self-contained studio apartments will each contain an en-suite bathroom and kitchenette and outdoor and indoor spaces to meet and socialise.

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Paul Moulding, David Cox, Neil Brookfield, and David Wheeler

There will also be access to a gym, cinema, laundry, library and a landscaped roof terrace overlooking Preston City Centre. The award-winning David Cox Architects is responsible for the design of the project and the 5-star living spaces.

The accommodation is exclusively built for students and local key workers and within walking distance from UCLan’s Preston campus and the Royal Preston Hospital.

David Cox Architects Director David Cox said: “Marking the topping out is a celebratory milestone for the entire project team and demonstrates real demand to create exemplar living accommodation in the city.

“Urban Hub really is one-of-a-kind and has been designed to reflect something of the local cultural heritage and the beauty to be found in the landscape of the north of England. The external spaces of the courtyard and roof terraces are fun and vibrant and the perfect setting to relax with friends and enjoy the city skyline.

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David said they know the opening is eagerly anticipated by residents, both local and from further afield. They are looking forward to progress being made towards the fit-out stages and final handover next year.

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