Expanse of glass reflects University vision
UCLan’s Masterplan project coming into focus
An impressive glass exterior has been lifted into the £60million Student Centre, part of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) flagship Masterplan development.
The highest single span ‘continuous’ curtain walling system in Europe – meaning the outer walls are non-structural - gives an impressive finish to the south elevation of the development at 13.5 metres in height, and nearly 100 metres in length.
Ian Roberts, project manager of contractor Bowmer + Kirkland, said: “This gives the centre a pleasing aesthetic finish and doesn’t require additional fixings between its whole length. The system fits with the overall design, modern but practical as a world-class facility for many years to come.”
"The system fits with the overall design, modern but practical as a world-class facility for many years to come"— Ian Roberts, project manager of contractor Bowmer + Kirkland
The glazing for the Student Centre was manufactured at the specialist Charles Henshaw company in Scotland before being transported to site and swung in by crane. Bowmer + Kirkland has been working throughout the pandemic under restrictions of social distancing measures for all employees to continue progress.
The £200million Masterplan development also includes previously completed buildings of two new student spaces, the OASIS multi-faith centre and the £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre on Corporation Street.
Once completed, the development will also create a greener environment on the previous Adelphi roundabout for students, staff and residents to enjoy, with over 300 new trees being planted and a 50,000-strong bee colony on the roof of the Student Centre.