University buys Lamb and Packet pub

A Preston drinking institution has been sold to the university.

Brewery Thwaites have revealed the Lamb and Packet pub which has stood in Friargate since the early 1800s has a new owner.

The University of Central Lancashire has purchased the pub after it went on the market in September last year.

The pub stands in a strategic position for the university on the Adelphi roundabout which is due for major redevelopment as part of the university’s £200million Preston campus masterplan.

A spokesman for the University said: “When the pub came up for sale we decided to make a bid. The property represents an ideal opportunity to consolidate our estate and in the long-term will help us create a more joined-up campus. This strategy is particularly important as we work towards the delivery of our £200 million Campus Masterplan.

“At this point we don’t have any specific plans for the use of the building but it will no longer operate as a public house.”

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Shared space proposals for new area of Preston

Major changes are in the pipeline for part of Preston – along with another shared space.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been working with Lancashire County Council to create a layout for the Adelphi Roundabout – set to be renamed Adelphi Square.

UCLan’s £200m masterplan includes a key element of transforming the roundabout by incorporating a new civic square, based on the principles of Fishergate’s shared space project.

A report to County Coun John Fillis, cabinet members for highways and transport, said the county council had been asked to help with the development of detailed proposals and contract procurement.

UCLan chief operating officer Michael Ahern said: “We’re working very closely with our partners Lancashire County Council to produce these early stage designs.

We have already shared our proposals with the local community including disability groups and cyclists.

“Feedback has been good, with more sessions for the general public planned during the spring.”

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Here’s how the new Adelphi roundabout is due to work

One of the main roundabouts in Preston is to change beyond all recognition.

Adelphi roundabout – to be renamed Adelphi Square – is to see up to £60million spent on changing the road layout in the area and new buildings.

The University of Central Lancashire has been working with Lancashire County Council to create a layout with a similar feel to the Fishergate scheme.

Plans agreed by cabinet member for highways, county councillor John Fillis, show a new layout for the Adelphi area.

The main change is Adelphi Street becomes one-way heading into the campus, and the roundabout itself is filled in with three smaller mini-roundabouts taking its place.

A one-way system is effectively created around Fylde Road, Adelphi Street, Brook Street and Fylde Road.

Entry into the roundabout area from Moor Lane, Walker Street, Corporation Street and Fylde Road is maintained.

You can see a detailed architects drawing of the new road layout on the county council website (pick Appendix A).

what the new public square will look like on what was the Adelphi roundabout

Work on the new layout is to cost the county council around £157,000 in design fees – and the actual roadworks will be paid for by UCLan as part of its multi-million pound masterplan.

UCLan says it wants the new public square to create an ‘attractive and inviting environment’ for residents and students.

Chief operation officer Michael Ahern said: “We’re working very closely with our partners Lancashire County Council to produce these early stage designs. We have already shared our proposals with the local community including disability groups and cyclists. Feedback has been good, with more sessions for the general public planned during the spring. We are very keen to hear views from the entire community and incorporate suggestions where possible.

“The objective of our finalised designs is to help knit together a campus which is safe and accessible for all.”

If agreed work could begin within the next 18 months and would lead to two years of roadworks.

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