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UCLan students deck the halls of Heathcotes

Lyndsey Boardman

Preston restaurants’ Christmas décor produced by students

Preston’s Heathcotes restaurants are full of festive cheer thanks to students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Seven art and design students have added Christmas sparkle for diners to enjoy by dressing the Heathcotes Brasserie and Olive Press restaurants with over 300 snowflakes that they have designed and made to decorate the windows, trees and chandelier in the building. 

The second year Contemporary Craft students; Sara Wingfield, Miki Kelham, Emily Mullen, Marianne Lusby, Martins Kurmis, Christopher Hodge and Lanty Ball were commissioned by Heathcotes restaurants, owned by Chef and UCLan Honorary Fellow Paul Heathcote MBE, to dress its city centre venues that are housed together in Winckley Square.

Snowflake made by UCLan students for Heathcotes restaurant

“The students have done a really good job with not only the final designs but with the professionalism in which they delivered the brief they were set. The decorations look fantastic and really fit with the ambience of the restaurants.”

They have designed and produced laser cut Perspex snowflakes to decorate both restaurants’ Christmas trees, the Heathcotes Brasserie dining room and Olive Press chandelier as well as making vinyl stickers for the windows and entrance to the building.  The installations will be on display throughout the Christmas period.

Olive Press Restaurant Assistant Manager Jane Attwater commented: “The students have done a really good job with not only the final designs but with the professionalism in which they delivered the brief they were set.  The decorations look fantastic and really fit with the ambience of the restaurants.”

UCLan art and design students Sara Wingfield (left) and Miki Kelham with the Christmas decorations they have designed for Heathcotes

Student Miki Kelham said: “It’s been a great experience to work with an industry client on a much larger scale than we have been used to.  All of the deadlines were absolute and it really tested us to make sure we delivered everything to an excellent standard and on time.”

UCLan art and design lecturer Angie Thompson said: “We aim to equip the students with the skills they need for industry.  Working with real clients such as Heathcotes allows them to manage a set brief with real deadlines just as they would do when dealing with businesses.”