UCLan's Ski slope plan as Preston housing demolition is put on ice.

Bosses at the University of Central Lancashire have revealed an plan to convert a previously doomed row of terraced houses into a nursery ski and snowboarding slope.

Friday, 29th March 2019, 1:37 pm
Updated Friday, 29th March 2019, 2:43 pm
UCLans Lisa Ingham on St Peters Square testing out the potential for snowboarding.

The terraced house in St Peter's Square, were due to be bulldozed as part of the university’s £200 million redevelopment masterplan .

Now though, as a result of on-going work to strengthen the Miley Tunnel, which runs directly underneath the houses, the demolition plans have been put on ice.

UCLan’s , chief operating officer, Michael Ahern said plans to build the new student centre and civic square would continue but added that the new indoor ski and snowboarding slope would play a fantastic new role in enhancing the student experience.

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UCLans Lisa Ingham on St Peters Square testing out the potential for snowboarding.

He said: “Our plan is to knock through the partitioning walls of all the houses to create the indoor nursery slope which will be nearly 100 metres long,

"The full indoor conversion should be quite rapid meaning that students enrolling on our outdoor education courses as well as the Preston public could be on the slope and sampling the Preston après ski by September.”

He added: “Some people think we might be going a little off-piste with this, but it’ll be skiing and snowboarding with a northern twist.

"It’s certainly snow joke.”