Project - The University of Centre Lancashire Student Centre
Sector - Education
Technology - Offisite
Company - Engenuiti
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Student Centre forms the centrepiece of the University's new Preston campus masterplan. It’s designed to be the dramatic ‘front door’ to UCLan, firmly establishing the campus in the city centre. It brings together all student services, alongside social learning spaces, retail services and office space for staff over three storeys, with a roof top terrace to relax on, offering views over Preston. The Design Team, Specialist Timber Engineer, Specialist Frame Contractor and Main Contractor have worked in close collaboration to deliver a truly exemplar education building that showcases the benefits of off-site construction: sustainability, cost predictability and a high level of quality. The key off-site component is the steel and cross-laminated timber (CLT) hybrid superstructure frame, comprising steel columns and beam lines with CLT slabs. The exposed CLT highlights the quality of the construction and generates a sense of wellbeing for the building occupants. Internally, the full height central atrium creates an impressive focal point with feature stairs and internal walkways that push the envelope of what is technically feasible in CLT construction.