05 August 2015
UCLan takes first step in £200m campus development plan
Work has started on the first major phase of a £200 million project to transform the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Preston campus.
Preparations are being made for the deconstruction of the Fylde Building to make way for a new multi-million pound building which will link directly with the current university library.
Preston-based Bradley Demolition has been appointed to carry out the removal, which forms a vital part of UCLan’s Masterplan to create a unified, sustainable and welcoming campus.
The wider area will be redeveloped to create an iconic gateway to the University. At its heart will be a remodelled Adelphi roundabout with the construction of a new public space, drawing together the University and the City.
Built in the 1960s, the Fylde Building was originally constructed as offices and was bought by UCLan – then Preston Polytechnic – in the 1970s. It has most recently been used by the University’s school of languages but has been empty for the last year.
“Exciting times are ahead and the building will make way for a new, more open public space which will benefit both students and the wider community.”
UCLan Director of Facilities Management Paul Morris said: “The Fylde Building was no longer fit for purpose but its demolition marks the end of an era and the first significant change to Preston’s landscape as part of the Masterplan. Exciting times are ahead and the building will make way for a new, more open public space which will benefit both students and the wider community.
“Essential site preparation is currently being carried out and the demolition is expected to take around 16 weeks. We’re working with local authorities to keep disruption to a minimum and will be keeping people informed as much as possible. This is a significant development for the city – the removal of the Fylde Building is only the first step but a key one as the project starts to come to life.”
UCLan’s vision over the next 10 years is to create a unified, sustainable and welcoming campus which will enhance the experience for all those visiting the University.
The project is also hoped to spark a major focus on regeneration and business investment in the University quarter with wider benefits for Preston and beyond.