Student Support Centre
and New Square

Invited Design Competition


The University has embarked upon delivery of a new £200 million Masterplan over the next decade for their main Preston Campus.

The new masterplan will play a key role in creating a truly inspiring educational environment which blends world-class teaching and learning facilities with green and accessible spaces for the benefit of all.

This vision is supported by Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council who have supported UCLan in the formulation of the Masterplan, to ensure the city and the region benefit from the tremendous cultural and economic benefits that the plan will deliver.

A key feature and highly important development within the Masterplan is the new Student Support Centre Building that will be part of a new public square for Preston and UCLan. The new Centre and surrounding landscaping will frame the northern side of the square and a vision is set for an iconic, welcoming, open, transparent, accessible Student Support Centre that will help create a new heart for UCLan.

Additional information can be found in Appendix 1 – New Square Brief

The interconnectivity of carrying out the Highway works to form the square and the work to create the square will impact upon Project delivery, requiring careful consideration of the impacts. The work to create the Square will form part of the Student Support Centre Building Project, for the ease of delivery. The highway works is a separate project that will be undertaken by Lancashire County Council.

The Centre is to provide a One–Stop–Shop for all visitors to UCLan, staff/students and manage the vast majority of student enquiries and front line student services. In addition within the building there will be commercial/retail services, student space and office space for staff that support those frontline services.

Please see Appendix 2 for the Student Support Centre Project Outline

Indicative Student Support Centre and Square – Site Boundary Photo


The complete budget for the project is anticipated to be in the region of £56M this includes all costs for the project as a gross figure including; Demolition, construction, fees, fit out, furniture, AV/IT, consultant's costs, Planning/Building Regs and VAT. The construction cost budget for the Student Support Centre is circa £26.7M (excluding VAT) and circa £5.4M (excluding VAT) for the new square and surrounding landscaping works..

UCLan wishes to appoint an innovative design team with exceptional skills to design the New Student Support Centre and associated public realm square. The primary objectives of the project can be summarised as follows:

  • To deliver a landmark building that will transform the existing campus and the City of Preston, and provide a new heart for UCLan
  • To create a welcoming, functional, one-stopshop for all front line student, visitor and staff enquiries
  • To provide a landmark new digitally enabled public square that interfaces with the main building and campus, and greatly enhances the connectivity between UCLan and the City of Preston
  • To provide future proofed, flexible spaces that can adapt to organisational change
  • To deliver a highly sustainable centre with a BREEAM excellent rating (or equivalent) and A rated EPC (or equivalent) as a minimum

Competition Contact

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