The Student Centre and New Square will draw the City and the University together like never before. Creating a space with aesthetics mirroring Fishergate Preston, the project and its associated highways will generate a new vision for the Adelphi Quarter.
The Student Centre building, the integral part of the £57million project, will create a much-needed gateway into campus, with a reception area and grab and go coffee shop to welcome staff, students and visitors alike.
Providing a home for the various student services at the University, the building will contain offices, meeting rooms, workstations and event venues including a roof top garden. This investment will help staff to continue the outstanding support they provide for students and welcome local communities into the University.
A large square will extend in front of the building, designed for hosting large events including the Lancashire Science Festival, pop up cinemas, farmers markets and more. This square does not just belong to the University, but to the local community too. Lancashire’s societies, clubs and communities will be welcome to use the square to host their own events, creating a connectivity between the University and its surroundings.
In order to complete this project, some of the highways surrounding the University will be reconfigured. The University is working closely with Preston City Council and the Highways Agency, Lancashire County Council, to ensure that this is done in the most efficient way possible. Over the course of Summer 2017, we undertook a variety of public consultations to ask for feedback from all parties who will be affected by this change and alterations were made to the proposal.
In early January Preston City Council granted planning permission for this project with conditions attached to the highways works. The project team are now refining the highways scheme before being work in Summer 2018. We are expecting to see work on the Student Centre begin in 2019.