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Preston Council Due to Decide Fate of UCLan Student Centre

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In the coming weeks Preston City Council is due to discuss plans covering the new student centre and associated public space at the University of Central Lancashire.

The application has been recommended for approval and covers both the 78,500 sq ft student centre and 90,000 sq ft of public realm and represents a key part of UCLan's £200m estate masterplan.

The site is located adjacent to the Foster Engineering Innovation Centre, which is currently under construction, and comprises of land formerly home to the Fylde Building, the Adelphi roundabout and existing road network.

The plans call for the demolition of seven terraced houses and the removal of a vacant car park at Mill Hill. The student support centre will be four-storeys tall and will include a roof terrace, cafe, breakout space, interview and staff rooms, as well as WCs and showers.

Hawkins Brown, the architects behind the scheme, said: "This people-friendly place will benefit students, staff and visitors. The Student Centre will provide a significant educational and cultural addition to the city of Preston, contributing to the quality of life, the wellbeing of the community and to the vitality of the city."