UCLan narrows search for £50m gateway architect

The University of Central Lancashire has selected a shortlist of architects to compete to design its campus gateway, as part of its £200m Preston masterplan.

A total of 41 entries were received to the early-stage design competition, launched in April in partnership with Royal Institute of British Architects, for the creation of a new civic square and student support centre at the centre of UCLan’s Preston campus.

A shortlist of seven studios has been chosen to proceed to the next stage, in which the practices will develop their proposals before final judging takes place in August.

The shortlisted teams are:

  • Associated Architects
  • Austin-Smith:Lord
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley
  • HawkinsBrown
  • Nicholas Hare Architects
  • Sheppard Robson
  • Stanton Williams

Michael Ahern, chief operating officer at UCLan, said: “We attracted a significant amount of interest from the architectural community and we are looking forward to working with such an outstanding shortlist of architects on this phase of the project.

“The standard of submissions was world class but what made the shortlist stand out was their grasp of our key aspirations and desire to create a new heart of campus development for both the University and the City and to enrich the student experience here at UCLan.”

Combined, the two projects will be the same size as London’s Trafalgar Square and are integral aspects of UCLan’s 10-year campus masterplan.

The seven teams will present their design proposals to the panel on 22 August.

Members of the community can view the proposals at two public exhibitions being held on between 8-10 August in St George’s Shopping Centre, and 11-12 August in UCLan’s Foster Building, Fylde Road.

The campus redevelopment was masterplanned by Allies & Morisson. BDP is providing engineering expertise.

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