The University of Central Lancashire has unveiled a 10-year development plan which will transform its Preston campus and boost the local economy.
The University’s vision over the next 10 years is to create a unified, sustainable and welcoming campus which will enhance the experience for all those visiting the University.
The new campus will integrate seamlessly with the rest of the City, benefitting current and future generations of students, staff, visitors and the wider community.
Subject to planning approval, the first stage of the development will see the construction of the £30 million-plus Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) commencing in January 2016.
Simultaneously, work will begin on the creation of an iconic gateway to the University. At its heart will be a remodelled Adelphi roundabout with the construction of a new public space, drawing together the University and the City.
UCLan’s Vice-Chancellor Professor 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 project is also hoped to spark a major focus on regeneration and business investment in the University quarter with wider benefits for Preston and beyond.
The Vice-Chancellor added: “Developing a skilled workforce which meets local, national and international needs is central to our development plans. Future investments like the Engineering Innovation Centre will reflect that goal, helping to create jobs, kick-start regeneration and attract inward investment into the City.
“Our vision for the future of the University is shared and supported by our project partners Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council. We also want to listen to and work with our neighbours and all the community, to ensure the City and region benefit from the tremendous cultural and economic opportunities that our plan will create.”