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RIBA launches £56m UCLan student centre contest

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The RIBA has launched an international competition for a new £56 million student centre and campus square for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston

The contest seeks ‘imaginative’ proposals for a new 7,560m² student centre and adjacent square which will be constructed on the site of Preston’s Adelphi roundabout (pictured) and the former Fylde Building.

Planned as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for UCLan campus users – the facility will include student areas, office space, shops and other frontline services.

Located at the heart of UCLan’s 15 hectare campus, the project is part of a £200 million programme intended to transform the university over the next ten years.

Founded in 1828 and formerly known as Lancashire Polytechnic, UCLan is now the 19th largest university in the UK in terms of student numbers.

Mike Thomas, UCLan vice-chancellor professor commented: ‘Our vision for the new student support centre and new square is to create an inspiring campus gateway which will be of benefit to both students and the local community.

‘We are looking for an imaginative design which really helps draw the City and University together like never before. We’ll also engage with the local community and key stakeholders to gauge their opinion on the proposed designs, as their input is critical to this process.’

Seven shortlisted teams will receive £7,000 each to participate in the design contest which runs from 10 June to 29 July.

Judges include RIBA adviser John Whiles of Jestico & Whiles and Preston City Council head of development John Crellin.

Among the practices to have already designed buildings on the UCLan campus is ADP, which completed the £12.5 million J B Firth laboratory building in 2011.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 10am on 20 May.

How to apply

View the competition website for more information


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