Former Preston Polytechnic classrooms set for demolition

The University of Central Lancashire's Fylde building will be pulled down

The University of Central Lancashire's Fylde building will be pulled down

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An iconic city building is set to be demolished - to make way for the future.

The University of Central Lancashire is planning to knock down the Fylde Building, at the Adelphi roundabout during the summer holidays.

The double-fronted office block has been empty for the past year - and the site could form a vital part of the university’s ambitious £200m regeneration plan.

Although planning consent to demolish the building isn’t needed, university bosses have submitted a prior notification submission to Preston Council.

Built in the 1960s, the development was originally constructed as offices and was bought in stages by the former Preston Polytechnic in the early 1970s.

However, it was more recently used by the school of languages, but has been empty for the last year.

A spokesman for the University said: “While we are finalising our Campus Masterplan report, which incorporates very useful feedback from our public engagement exercise, we have been planning to demolish this building for some time as it is no longer fit for purpose.

“Fylde building was vacated over a year ago and we thought it timely to complete the demolition work during the quieter summer period.

“We will work with the local authorities to keep disruption to a minimum, we do not envisage any major roads will be closed during the demolition process and the University hopes to complete the work by the end of September. Once we have a detailed programme of works from the selected contractor we will ensure neighbours and stakeholders are informed.”

The university hopes to publish its final Campus Masterplan report during June, following a public consultation.

Under the proposals the whole of the Adelphi area will be transformed and will become a more open space.