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University announces plans to invest £200m in Preston

The University of Central Lancashire has announced a £200m development plan for its Preston campus.

It will invest £200m in its Preston estate over the next 10 years to transform the campus, integrate it with the city and kick-start further regeneration.

The first phase of development will include construction of a £30m engineering innovation centre, due to begin in January 2016, subject to planning permission.

Work will also begin to remodel the Adelphi roundabout and build a new public space to bring the university and city together.

The university is in the process of appointing design consultants and has not yet started contractor procurement.

It is hoped that the investment will deliver wider regeneration work in Preston and attract inward investment and businesses to the city.

Other projects in the plan include a new student services building that will link to the existing library, and relocating car-parking from the centre to the edge of the campus.

The university will also invest in several landscaping projects to create a more unified, green campus.

UCLan’s vice-chancellor Gerry Kelleher said:  “Over the coming decade we will invest in the region of £200m 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 university will run a public engagement process on the proposals until 6 March.

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