The decade long initiative will create a green, world class campus in Preston. It follows news of a £430 million City Deal investment, increasing the appeal of Preston as an investment location.
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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has recently announced proposals for the development of its campus in Preston. This large-scale project will be completed over the course of a decade and will be funded by a £200 million investment.
UCLan is a modern, non-red brick university and the first of this kind to be listed on the QS World Rankings in 2010. It was simultaneously also voted the top UK modern university for student experience.
This programme will serve to further boost a university that has already been developing its national status and global reputation in recent years.
The scope of UCLan’s Masterplan
The far-reaching development plan envisioned by the University of Central Lancashire will create a sustainable, welcoming campus for students. The university already attracts 2,000 new foreign students each year, and the development of Preston’s campus will only increase its international appeal and demand for places.
According to the British Council’s report on postgraduate student mobility trends, there will be 241,000 foreign postgraduate students in the UK by 2024. This represents a 51% increase on the 2012 figure – not including international undergraduates.
UCLan’s proposal aims to better integrate the university community with Preston as a whole and the investment is expected to boost the local economy and stimulate regional job opportunities.
The first stage of the project is the construction of a £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC), with work due to start in January 2016. Other highlights include:
- A new iconic gateway to the university
- A new student services building
- An elevated glass walkway spanning between the new student services building and the existing student library
- Landscaping of the canal basin on the campus perimeter
- The construction of a public walkway beside the canal
- Relocating the car park
- A remodelling of the Adelphi roundabout
- The creation of a new public space (potentially to be called Adelphi Square) where the city and university campus come together as one.
UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor Gerry Kelleher said, “Over the coming decade we will invest in the region of £200 million to create a world-class campus environment which blends new facilities with the creation of public, green spaces to encourage people from all over the City to visit and enjoy the campus.”
The leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Peter Rankin, believes that the scheme is a, “Significant development in the continuing success story” of the university. He went on to say that, “A successful university is crucial for Preston. We now have an opportunity to create a lasting legacy for future generations of students, academics, local people, and for the city as a whole.”
Discover more about this development programme.
The wider development of Preston
In addition to the university’s proposals, Preston was recently awarded a £430 million investment. This is part of the government’s regionally focused City Deal initiative that will boast the local economy and infrastructure.
Investment highlights include:
- BAE’s £12.4 million investment program at the Lancashire Enterprise Park
- The Lancashire Enterprise Zone – one of only 24 in the UK
- City centre bus station improvements
- East Lancashire cycle network
- Preston Western Distributor (new road links to the M55 motorway)
- Lancashire Growth Hub – specialist business advice centre – accessing new markets and enlisting further government support
- The creation of the new body “Transport for Lancashire”
- £6.32 million scheme to enable employers to develop essential skills
- The European Social Fund (ESF) training programme for 4,000 employees aged over 19 employed by local SMEs
Introducing Jubilee Court
UCLan’s campus regeneration programme is right next door to our new Jubilee Court student property, while Preston’s city centre is also a short walk away.
This accommodation will contain 246 large studio and ensuite units alongside a comprehensive range of onsite facilities. These various investment projects will serve to make this luxury purpose built student accommodation more attractive to the large pool of potential residents.