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AHR selected for £8m UCLan campus makeover

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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has chosen AHR to design ‘social spaces’ aimed at encouraging students to stay longer on its Preston campus

The £8.15 million scheme will see the Foster Building extended to include areas for break-out activities and informal spaces for social learning, and refurbishment work carried out at the Greenbank and Harrington buildings. Design features will include new glass roofs and an indoor garden.

AHR will lead a 13-strong design team including the university’s chief operating officer, Michael Ahern, and the students’ union president, Sana Iqbal, on the scheme. 

Robert Hopkins, regional director at AHR, said: ‘The university experience is so much broader than formal learning and UCLan has recognised this in the social space project. It’s an exciting project to be working on, collaborating so closely with the student body to ensure these spaces deliver exactly what they want, resulting in a campus they will stay on for longer and a better student experience overall.’

The project, which, subject to planning permission, is due to start on site in November and to be completed in July 2017, is the first stage of UCLan’s £200 million masterplan to transform the university over the next decade.

In April, the RIBA launched an international competition for another part of the masterplan, a new £56 million student support centre and civic square on UCLan’s campus. Today (22 August), seven teams shortlisted from 41 expressions of interest are due to present their designs to the panel. They are: Associated Architects, Austin-Smith:Lord, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Hawkins\Brown, Nicholas Hare Architects, Sheppard Robson and Stanton Williams.

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Visualisation of AHR’s proposal for UCLan’s Preston campus

Project data

Location Greenbank, Harrington and Foster Buildings, the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, Lancashire
Type of project Refurbishment and extension
Client University of Central Lancashire
Architect AHR
Planning consultant AHR
Structural engineer Thomasons
M&E consultant Watermans
Quantity surveyor AA Projects
Planning supervisor Aegis
Lighting consultant Watermans
Main contractor Conlon Construction
Funding University funding
Start on site date November 2016
Completion date July 2017
Contract duration Eight months
Gross internal floor area About 2,500m²
Form of contract JCT Design and Build and Lancashire County Council Framework
Total cost £8.15 million

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