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Hawkins\Brown wins University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Campus Gateway Competition \

We are delighted to be chosen to design the new £60m civic square and student support centre for UCLan.

Our design concepts were selected by judges from seven shortlisted entries in the competition run by UCLan in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). 

We are honoured that our design concept also received the most positive comments from members of the public in a series of exhibitions which ran alongside the competition. 

We look forward to now producing a final proposal which will take into account feedback from the judges, UCLan staff and students as well as members of the public. The design team includes landscape architects Plincke and lighting and art designers Jason Bruges.

“Hawkins\Brown demonstrated a true understanding of what students want, and of the city of Preston with the concept design referencing our industrial heritage. It is a firm which has extensive experience of partnering with universities and, importantly, the final design will deliver on our ambition of drawing the University and city together like never before.”

David Taylor Chair of the University Board

The Design Concept

Our design concept features a biodiverse roof, LED lighting underfoot, a pavilion café bar and a large glass façade to create feelings of light, space and airiness. It has been created using the idea of ‘threads’ to connect the University and the city, drawing on Preston’s textile heritage and its future in aerospace electronics.

“We are tremendously excited about getting started on this project, testing some of our initial design ideas with students and staff from UCLan and with people from the City of Preston.”

Roger Hawkins Partner, Hawkins\Brown

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