Plans unveiled for £60m UClan Preston city gateway building.

Plans unveiled for £60m UClan Preston city gateway building.

The university has selected architect Hawkins\Brown's design concept for the gateway building, which will form part of a £200m 10-year development masterplan.

Work has already started on preparing the groundwork for the redevelopment with the demolition of the Fylde Building last summer and earlier this month the university appointed Manchester-based BAM Construction as to build its proposed state-of the art £30m engineering innovation centre in the heart of the city.

The design concept features a biodiverse roof, LED lighting underfoot, a pavilion café bar and a large glass façade to create feelings of light, space and airiness.

Michael Ahern, Chief Operating Officer at UCLan, said: "These are exciting times for the University and the city and there is huge potential in the Hawkins\Brown scheme, which is just the start of the development process. We will continue to work very hard with our partners at Lancashire County Council, Preston City Council and the local community so that the final design reflects a shared vision that improves connectivity with the city centre."

The project is due for completion in 2019.

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