Project: UCLan Student Centre & University Square
Location: Preston
Lead Architects: Hawkins\Brown

Budget: £10,000

Site Programme: 36 months
Service: Public Art Sub-Consultant
Artists (2 of 4): Jonny Randall and Tom Diffenthall (Filmmakers)

Awards: NW Regional Construction Awards 2021: ‘Lancashire Sub-Regional Project of the Year Award’

Commissioned by University of Central Lancashire (UClan) to work as a sub-consultant under lead architects Hawkins\Brown, since 2017, Atoll have been developing an integrated public art strategy linked to the £60m Student Centre and University Square being built in Preston as part of the UCLan Masterplan.

A number of artist commissions have evolved out of that strategy following the earlier Testbed commission. These residencies have been developed in consultation with a public art steering group involving various stakeholders. As part of these commissions, the film short Adelphi is a 15 minute ‘creative documentaty’ created as a collaborative residency between filmmakers Jonny Randall and Tom Diffenthall. Their film was seen as being a design and cultural prompt to the new public space called Adelphi Square  being created at the time of filming in 2019/20 created outside of the new Uclan Student Centre. It looked to spark discussions about what the future holds for the new public square – and particularly in terms of its aspiration to become a truly shared space, welcoming both university and wider city communities.

Blog Preston along with In Certain Places hosted a live launch of Adelphi in July 2020 with one of the filmmakers, Jonny Randall, and Charles Quick – who is Professor of Public Art Practice at UCLan and co-curator of In Certain Places. As well as premiering the film, Jonny and Charles answered questions from Blog Preston and viewers at home. Both the film and the Blog Preston Q&A launch can be viewed below.

Now that both Student Centre and Square are complete, only time will tell….but in the meantime, November 2021 saw Uclan Student Centre and Adelphi (University) Square win the ‘Lancashire Sub-Regional Project of the Year Award’ at the 15th annual North West Regional Construction Awards.

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