Adelphi Square and new student centre buildings plan lodged

The next step in Preston university’s £200million masterplan has been taken.

The new student centre and Adelphi Square element of the plans have been lodged.

The University of Central Lancashire wants to build the new flagship building on the site of the former Fylde building – and create a new public square.

Costing £60million the Adelphi Square will become a new civic focal point for the city.

Architects Hawkins Brown have lodged the designs for the building after winning an international design competition.

Chairman of the UCLan board David Taylor said: “Our ambition has been to deliver a centre of learning where people of all interests and backgrounds can feel at ease, comfortable in their physical surroundings and supported in their academic, social and business aspirations.

“We also wanted a landmark building and a new civic square that will transform the existing campus and the City of Preston, and provide a new heart for UCLan. The new centre will be a welcoming, functional, focal point for all front-line student, visitor and staff enquiries. It will also be an important public asset that embraces the city scale and positively contributes to the ongoing regeneration of Preston.”

The proposals include re-routing the Adelphi roundabout and changing the road priorities on the roads around the new public square.

The civic square is to be 5,220 square metres and used for a wide range of events.

Full plans can be seen on the Preston City Council website and comments for planners can be left there. It’s expected to go before councillors for a decision later this year or early in 2018.

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