Views sought on new University square

A new image of the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) proposed square and student centre has been revealed – and members of the public are being encouraged to share their views.

The University has released the image ahead of a series of planned public consultation events taking place between June 10 and June 22.

It shows the proposed £60 million New Square, which includes a remodelled Adelphi roundabout and the construction of a new public space, drawing together the University and the City.

The space will be used by local businesses and residents, as well as playing host to a variety of cultural events once it is built.

Also visible on the image is the winning design for a new student centre, which was selected following an international competition organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Now, UCLan is calling on members of the public to have their say on the square and the student centre, part of the University’s £200 million Masterplan to create a world-class campus which integrates seamlessly with the rest of the city.


Michael Ahern, Chief Operating Officer at UCLan, said:

A key consideration throughout all stages of the Masterpan has been to ensure the City and the region benefit from the opportunities the project will create.


We’re listening to and working with our neighbours and the wider community, and have already held a number of successful events with various user groups.


Consultations are an excellent way for members of the public to speak to the team behind the project, ask questions and give feedback which will help to shape the scheme.”


The public consultation events are as follows:

Saturday 10 June, 10.00am – 4.30pm at Plungington Community Centre

Tuesday 13 June, 3.30pm – 5.30pm, English Martyrs Catholic Primary School

Thursday 15 June, 11.00am – 1.00pm, UCLan Students’ Union

Tuesday 20 June, 3.00pm – 8.00pm, InTheCity Shop, St George’s Shopping Centre

Thursday 22  June, 5.00pm – 7.00pm at Plungington Community Centre


Free refreshments and activities for children are available. For further information visit or email


  • This is fantastic news for Preston.
    We must not look back, but forward for all our futures.
    Thank you for investing in the city. I love the plans for Adelphi Square, looks amazing.
    A development of this size can only improve our city and potential for other third party commercial investment.

    • The architects are Hawkins Brown, the design team comprises of BDP (civil and structural, mechanical and electrical) and Plinke (landscape architects).

  • You are ruining our city with this project you have all ready steam rollered buildings through which have detracted from our local heritage which is a disgrace to the indigenous people of preston who see a inner city ruined by shambolic developement the planners and yourselves are just gready for more cash you should be ashamed of yourselves this is not progress for this city and should be fought against all the way by local people John McCann tour guide St Walburges Church Lets see how brave you are to debate this in public or will you just ignore it has it’s not what you want to hear

    • We’d be happy to discuss this further, you are more than welcome to attend any of the public consultation events listed above to share your views with us.

    • I am an indegeonus person from Preston who did attend the public consultation and I’m very proud of my university and the great factual achievement. Keep investing Uclan you have my support.

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