Final UCLan building is a vision ... in glass
The skyline above Preston is ready to glimmer in the autumn light on the huge glass panelled frontage which has been slotted into place at the final UCLan development.
At 13.5 metres high and nearly 100 metres long, the £60 million Student Centre is already being toasted as the highest single span ‘continuous’ curtain walling system in Europe.
The building is part of the University of Central Lancashire’s £200m Masterplan that is now taking shape across the city centre and its on-structural the outer walls gives an impressive finish to the south elevation of the development.
This design, says Ian Roberts, project manager for contractor Bowmer + Kirkland, : “Gives the centre a pleasing aesthetic finish and doesn’t require additional fixings between its whole length. The system fits with the overall design, modern but practical as a world-class facility for many years to come.”
The galzing was built in Scotland before being delivered to Preston and carefully swung into place with the help of a towering crane.
When it is finished, the development will also create a greener environment on what was previously part of the the busy Adelphi roundabout area.
Students, staff and residents will benefit from more than 300 new trees being planted and a 50,000-strong bee colony housed on the roof of the Student Centre.
The Masterplan also includes previously completed buildings of two new student spaces, the OASIS multi-faith centre and the £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre.