Award-winning Student Centre and University Square goes from vision to reality in blink of an eye
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has unveiled a new timelapse video which charts the development of the University’s new £60 million Student Centre and University Square from concept to reality.
The video spans the six years of extensive planning, consultation, demolition and construction of the new building and surrounding area.
Commencing in 2015 with the demolition of the University’s Fylde building on the old Adelphi roundabout, the timelapse action shows the removal of the terraced houses and shops on St Peter’s Street and Fylde Road and the formation of the Student Centre and University Square, together with the newly refurbished Adelphi pub, as it looks today.
"It’s easy to forget the old Fylde building and surrounding landscape but this video depicts vividly the dramatic transformation which has taken place over the past six years."— UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin
Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “It’s easy to forget the old Fylde building and surrounding landscape but this video depicts vividly the dramatic transformation which has taken place over the past six years.
“Our new Student Centre has already received great feedback from students, staff and visitors to our campus while the University Square has hosted a number of major events including the Lancashire Science Festival, our graduation ceremonies and University open days, welcoming thousands of visitors in the process.
“It’s also really encouraging to know that the excellence of what has been delivered here has now been recognised through three noteworthy Construction Industry Awards and I am sure there will be many more to follow.”
The completion of the University’s Student Centre and University Square is the culmination of UCLan’s £200m Masterplan project which set out a vision to create a unified, sustainable and welcoming campus. The key aim was to enhance the experience for all those visiting the University while strengthening ties with the community and supporting the city’s continuing evolution both economically and socially.
Construction Industry Awards
UCLan’s Student Centre was declared a winner at the 15th annual North West Regional Construction Awards which aim to share innovation, best practice and demonstrate the contribution of the sector to improved social value and economic and environmental outcomes. The Student Centre won the Lancashire Sub-regional Project of the Year category.
In the Offsite Construction Awards, which received entries from companies who are at the forefront of the industry in terms of innovation and expertise, two of the University’s project partners, Engenuiti & BDP, won the award for Engineer of the Year.
In the Architecture today Schüco Excellence Awards 2021 the University’s Student Centre won the Education and Health category where the project’s structural and technical prowess was applauded by the judges.