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Green light for £8.15 million University social spaces

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The proposed new social space at Foster

Work on the £8.15 million spaces, one of the first projects within the University’s £200 million Masterplan, is set to start in early December.

New social spaces for the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) could be completed as early as autumn 2017 after planning permission was granted by Preston City Council.

Work on the £8.15 million spaces, one of the first projects within the University’s £200 million Masterplan, is set to start in early December.

The new buildings will improve the campus experience and provide a place for staff and students to come together in a relaxed environment.

A single storey ground floor extension will be added to UCLan’s existing Foster Building and will include areas for break out activities and informal spaces for social learning.

A similar facility will also be created linking together Harrington and Greenbank buildings, and both are being developed with the Students’ Union and as a direct result of student feedback.

Michael Ahern, Chief Operating Officer for UCLan, said: “The social spaces project is one of several designed to achieve our aim of creating a connected, vibrant campus in the heart of the city. The new facilities will mean that staff and students have all the more reason to visit and stay on campus for longer, and will increase interaction and collaboration between UCLan staff and the student community."

The approval is another important milestone for our Masterplan and we look forward to work beginning on site over the coming weeks.

“The approval is another important milestone for our Masterplan and we look forward to work beginning on site over the coming weeks.”

Multi-award winning architecture practice AHR has provided the design for the spaces, and will head up a 13-strong design team, made up of key representatives from UCLan, which will establish input and ownership from the people who will use the spaces.

UCLan’s Masterplan will be delivered over the next 10 years and will integrate seamlessly with the rest of the City, benefitting current and future generations of students, staff, visitors and the wider community.

Press Office | 16 November 2016