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Over the coming weeks, a series of site investigations will temporarily affect access to footpaths and highways in the Adelphi Quarter.

These road and pavement investigations, which are due to take place are in preparation for the construction of the next phase of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Masterplan project.

You may have recently seen that planning approval was granted to UCLan for the construction of the circa £60 million Student Centre and Civic Square project. As a result, a number of inspection trenches or trial pits will be excavated in and around the Adelphi roundabout and connecting pavements and roads between early February and May.

These inspection trenches will help the construction teams establish the precise locations of utilities, distribution networks and other underground features.

Michael Ahern, UCLan’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“These important investigations will ensure works can be carried out on time and with minimal disruption once the construction phase of the Student Centre commences, currently scheduled for early 2019. During April and May we expect the preparatory work will impact on traffic coming into the City centre and we would advise road users to allow more time when planning their journeys. The teams involved are doing everything possible to ensure this essential work is completed quickly to minimise any inconvenience.”


Planned site investigations in the Adelphi Quarter

Phase One

Phase One site investigations will temporarily affect access to pedestrian pavements only and will start in early February. Alternative routing for pedestrians will be in operation until the end of March.

Phase Two

Phase two will begin in late April and continue for one week. The roads affected include sections of Corporation Street, Friargate, Moor Lane, Walker Street and Fylde Road. Temporary traffic lights will be in operation during this phase but roads will remain open.


What are the site investigations for?

The site investigations that will be taking place are needed to determine what is exactly under the ground. The excavations are commonly known as either trial pits, slit trenches or inspection pits and can range in size.

They allow for inspection of the shallow ground and help to investigate the services, such as utilities and the actual ground conditions.

The investigation works are normally carried out by workmen using traditional excavators, diggers or in some cases suction excavation is used as this helps to expose utilities, foundations or other buried structures which might have been damaged by traditional excavation techniques.


Tree removal on Adelphi Roundabout

As part of the preparatory work for the Student Centre and Civic Square project, the trees on the Adelphi roundabout will be removed. It is expected that work will take place by the end of February to minimise any disruption to nesting birds.

The University’s main campus is already home to approximately 650 trees and this number will increase as it has pledged to add to the area’s existing stock in great numbers during the course of the Masterplan development.

Any questions about the preparatory investigations being carried out can be sent to


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