UCLan has announced that the £200m campus master plan is to go ahead and start next year. The 10 year project is to see the university campus change rapidly with new buildings, extensions on current buildings, parking and a new square that will become the heart of the campus.
Subject to planning permission, the project is due to start January 2016 with a £30m new Engineering Innovation Centre. Work will also begin on remodelling the Adelphi roundabout with the construction of a new public space drawing together the University and the City.
UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerry Kelleher said: “Over the coming decade we will invest in the region of £200 million to create a world-class campus environment which blends new facilities with the creation of public, green spaces to encourage people from all over the City to visit and enjoy the campus.”
Improvements will be made to Foster building, the Students’ Union, Victoria building ,Brook and Kirkham. There will also be a bridge link between Foster and Harris, and another link between Harrington and Greenbank to make the university more accessible.
New buildings are also planned for the campus and these will include the Engineering Innovation Centre, a student enterprise and business zone, and a multi story car park. Cycle zones are said to be implemented and new roads will be made to compliment the remodelling of Adelphi roundabout.
Lee MacNeall, UCLan Students’ Union President, said: “I think this is a brilliant opportunity for UCLan to develop the campus. Not only will it be great for students, enabling them to explore Preston for the great City it is, but I also think it can play a key role in boosting the local economy.”
There will be public and community talks available to attend though out the month if you have any questions about the Masterplan. For more information on this please visit www.uclan.ac.uk/masterplan The University is encouraging anybody who wishes, to attend and share their thoughts.
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