Public have their say on £50m gateway plan

UCLan campus design E

UCLan campus design E

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Have your say

The Preston public is being given a say in the University of Central Lancashire’s multi-million pound redevelopment of new gateway.

Which do you prefer? Pick your favourite from the proposals below.

People are being asked for their input to help the university and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) choose the architectsd to design a new £50million campus gateway in the heart of the city.

Community feedback will help decide how a new civic square and student support centre, part of UCLan’s £200million Masterplan, could look.

Earlier this year, RIBA ran an international competition asking architectural practices to submit designs which would deliver an excellent student experience and create a world-class campus.

Combined, the new student support centre and civic square will be the same size as London’s Trafalgar Square and are key aspects of UCLan’s 10-year Campus Masterplan proposals.

A shortlist of seven designs will go on display at St George’s Shopping Centre on August 8-10, and UCLan’s Foster Building in Fylde Road on August 11-12 so the public can have their say on the proposed designs, either at the events or online, before final judging takes place later this month.

David Taylor, chairman of the university board said: “These events are a great opportunity for local people to find out exactly what is being proposed and help inform the final decision. It’s not just about choosing a favourite design; we want to know what people like, what they don’t, and hear their own suggestions for improvements.

“The whole community can reap the benefits of this multi-million pound investment so it’s important that the people of Preston have their say.”

University vice-chancellor Professor Mike Thomas, added: “A core principle of our masterplan is to integrate seamlessly with the rest of the city for the benefit of all, and a series of workshops have already taken place with varying user groups to help shape our plans.

“The standard of the shortlisted entries is very high and we’re now looking to members of the public to ensure these designs reflect what’s important to them.”

Members of the community can have their say on the designs at drop in sessions from 10am until 3pm on August 8-10 at UCLan’s In the City shop in St George’s Shopping Centre, close to the Lune Street entrance.

On August 11-12, the proposals will be on display between 10am and 3pm as UCLan’s Foster Building on Fylde Road.

The designs can also be viewed online at www.ribacompetitions.com/uclan where members of the public can share their views using the online form. The link will be available from 9.00am on August 8.