University of Central Lancashire Preston RIBA Competition, Architect, UCLan Building, Architecture
University of Central Lancashire in Preston Competition
RIBA Lancashire Architecture Contest for UCLan – Development in northwest England, UK
28 + 27 Sep 2016
University of Central Lancashire in Preston Design Competition Winners
Hawkins\Brown wins University of Central Lancashire campus gateway competition
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are delighted to announce that Hawkins\Brown have been selected as the winning team in the RIBA competition to design a new circa £60 million student support centre and civic square for the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, Lancashire.
15 Jun 2016
University of Central Lancashire in Preston Design Competition Shortlist
Shortlist for RIBA Competition for University of Central Lancashire in Preston
15th of June 2016 – Shortlisted teams revealed for UCLan’s Competition to create inspiring campus gateway
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions are pleased to announce the shortlist to design a new Student Support Centre and the creation of a New Civic Square which will be at the heart of the campus in Preston, Lancashire.
41 Expressions of Interest were received from practices of varying size across the UK and Europe. The panel met on 25th May 2016 to assess the submissions and a shortlist of 7 teams was selected to proceed to the next stage of the competition.
The shortlisted teams (in alphabetical order) are:
Austin Smith: Lord LLP
Feilden Clegg Bradley
Nicholas Hare Architects
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.”
The 7 teams will be invited to present their design proposals to the panel on 22nd August 2016.
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. Since those early days it has grown into one of the UK’s largest universities with a staff and student community approaching 38,000 and an employment-focused course portfolio containing over 350 undergraduate programmes and nearly 250 postgraduate courses. The University has an established research reputation with world-leading or internationally excellent work taking place within the areas of Business, Health, Humanities and Science.
As a truly global institution with an established campus in Cyprus, UCLan’s student body includes 120 nationalities and its partnership network extends to 125 countries. In 2013 the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings awarded UCLan the full five stars for its global outlook in all aspects of international educational provision. In 2015 the Centre for World University Rankings placed UCLan in the top 3.8 percent of all worldwide universities.
The University has a strong focus on continually improving the student experience and recently unveiled a 10-year, £200 million plan to redevelop its Preston Campus to create an attractive and inviting, world-class campus helping to create jobs, kick-start regeneration and attract inward investment into the City.
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) website: http://www.uclan.ac.uk/
Shortlist notified & Notification to unsuccessful applicants: 10 June 2016
Site visit & design brief issued to shortlist: 20 June 2016
Deadline to raise questions on the Brief: 15 July 2016
Response to questions issued: 22 July 2016
Submission of tenders (design concepts): 29 July 2016
Final interviews/presentations: 22 August 2016
Exhibition of Design Proposals (Inclusive dates): 8 August – 12 August 2016
Notification of result & start of Standstill period: 5 September 2016
Public announcement of result: Mid September 2016
21 + 20 Apr 2016
University of Central Lancashire in Preston Design Competition
RIBA Competition for University of Central Lancashire in Preston
Launch of design competition for a new Student Support Centre and Square at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, Lancashire
20th of April 2016 – The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions and the University of Central Lancashire are pleased to announce the launch of an international competition for a new Student Support Centre and creation of a new Square at the heart of their campus in Preston, Lancashire.
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is seeking Expressions of Interest from multi-disciplinary architect-led teams with exceptional design skills to help improve the student experience and create an attractive and world class campus for the future of UCLan in line with the University’s status as one of the UK’s largest Universities.
An equal honorarium of £7,000 (+VAT) will be paid to each of the seven design teams short-listed to participate in the tender and design concept phase of the competition.
The Judging panel includes John Whiles, Jestico & Whiles, as the RIBA Adviser.
UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas said: “Our vision for the new student support centre and new square is to create an inspiring campus gateway which will be of benefit to both students and the local community. We are looking for an imaginative design which really helps draw the City and University together like never before. We’ll also engage with the local community and key stakeholders to gauge their opinion on the proposed designs, as their input is critical to this process.”
Expressions of Interest are invited in accordance with the requirements set out in the Briefing Paper and Pre-Qualification Questionnaire available from the University’s etendering system at:
For further information and to view the briefing paper please visit the competition website at www.ribacompetitions.com/uclan
University of Central Lancashire Preston Campus Masterplan
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.
Location: Preston, Lancashire, Northwest England, UK
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The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Preston was founded in 1828 as the Institution for the Diffusion of Knowledge. Since those early days it has grown into one of the UK’s largest universities with a staff and student community approaching 38,000 and an employment-focused course portfolio containing over 350 undergraduate programmes and nearly 250 postgraduate courses.
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