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‘Our students will greatly benefit from new centre’

Left to right: Eric Conway (site manager), Chris Wood (vice-principal), Dr Lis Smith (principal), Michael Conlon (chairman, Conlon Construction),

Left to right: Eric Conway (site manager), Chris Wood (vice-principal), Dr Lis Smith (principal), Michael Conlon (chairman, Conlon Construction),

A new multi- million pound In-Zone building at Preston’s College has reached a milestone in its construction following its topping out.

The installation of the new roof completes most of the external building work being carried out on the impressive three storey structure at the St Vincent’s Road campus in Fulwood.

The £3m facility was designed by architects Taylor Young and is being built by Preston-based Conlon Construction.

The new building is at the heart of the campus and is intended to provide students with an enhanced and flexible learning environment based around enterprise.

Students will be encouraged to use the space to develop their business ideas and skills.

It will also house an improved reception, student services as well as the college’s free careers guidance service.

There will be greater accessibility and connectivity around the campus as it will link up three existing college buildings.

The development is part of a £16m investment in the campus, which includes £13m on a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Centre.

College principal, Dr Lis Smith, said: “Our students are set to benefit greatly from both the In-Zone and STEM Centre as they will provide state-of-the-art facilities, giving them access to one of the best learning environments available.”

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, added: “We are delighted to be involved with this project and are pleased to have reached such an important stage in the build process which will improve the student experience exponentially.”

Work will now start on the interior of the building and the work is expected to be completed this summer ready for the new term starting in autumn.

 

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