Stanton Williams and FCBS are among seven teams vying for a £56 million student centre and campus square at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston
Sheppard Robson, Hawkins\Brown and Associated Architects are also among the firms selected to participate in the next stage of the RIBA-run contest which received more than 40 applications.
The full shortlist
- Associated Architects
- Austin Smith:Lord
- Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS)
- Nicholas Hare Architects
- Sheppard Robson
- Stanton Williams
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.
Each finalist team will receive £7,000 to further develop designs ahead of a final interview with the jury on 22 August.
Judges include RIBA adviser John Whiles of Jestico & Whiles and Preston City Council head of development John Crellin.
UCLan chief operating officer Michael Ahern commented: ‘We attracted a significant amount of interest from the architectural community and we are looking forward to working with such an outstanding shortlist of architects on this phase of the project.
‘The standard of submissions was world class but what made the shortlist stand out was their grasp of our key aspirations and desire to create a new heart of campus development for both the university and the city and to enrich the student experience here at UCLan.’
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.
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.