Subject to planning approval, the first stage development of the Campus Masterplan will see the construction of the £30 million-plus Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) commencing in January 2016.
Opening in 2018, the EIC will capitalise on the location of the University at the centre of one of the most intensive engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK to create an internationally competitive facility that will bring together the region’s expertise from within academia and industry.
The vision is to establish UCLan as a leader in engineering innovation, increasing the number of young people and, in particular the proportion of women, choosing to take up engineering at a local university. The facility will be equipped to the highest standard with technology demonstration areas and specialist work areas.
As the new EIC rises from the ground, work will begin on the creation of an iconic gateway to the University.
The new square will be a place for students and staff to meet between lectures, for local residents and businesses to use, for visitors to arrive and be introduced to the University and for functions and events to be held.
The design of the square envisages a large gathering space for events from which a series of terraced steps lead towards the southern end, negotiating the drop in levels and creating seating and paved areas.
With the creation of a new square to replace the Adelphi roundabout, an attractive ‘anchor’ will be introduced at a key location between City and University. In collaboration with Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council the intention is to improve the commercial fabric between the two via the stimulation of new regeneration opportunities on Friargate and Corporation Street.
Harrington Gardens and Adelphi Street
Adelphi Square: a new public space at the heart of the campus