UCLan handed keys for £60m student centre

The University of Central Lancashire has received the keys to its new £60m Student Centre and University Square in Preston.

The 5,000 sq m square has been designed to become the focai point of the campus, and features Wi-Fi, seating and a special lighting display at night. It will host its first event in September when the university welcomes students and their families to celebrate graduation.

The 7,304 sq m student centre includes a rooftop terrace, informal learning spaces and a student wellbeing support centre. Work to install internal fixtures and fittings is progressing and the centre will be ready to welcome students towards the end of September.

Professor Graham Baldwin, The university’s vice-chancellor, was presented with a symbolic key as he was joined for an official photograph by representatives from AECOM, Bowmer + Kirkland, BDP and Hawkins\Brown, all of whom have played key roles in the design and build of the landmark development.

He said: "This is such a proud moment for the university, for Preston and for everyone connected with this much-anticipated and highly complex project which has been delivered within budget despite unprecedented worldwide circumstances.

"Our new Student Centre represents a superb new ‘front door’ for the university and underlines our commitment to continually enhancing our students’ experience. Work is continuing to complete the building’s interior and we are on schedule to officially open the doors for the first time when our students arrive for the start of the new term."

The new development is the culmination of UCLan’s Masterplan project, launched in 2015, which set out a vision to create a state-of-the-art, sustainable campus for students, staff, visitors and communities.

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