Launch of design competition for a new Student Support Centre and Square at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, Lancashire

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions and the University of Central Lancashire have announced 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 e-tendering system at:

For further information and to view the briefing paper please visit the competition website at

The closing date for submissions is 10:00am on Friday 20 May 2016.

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