Westleigh Conference Centre, UCLan
- Location: Preston, Lancashire
- Client: University of Central Lancashire
- Type: New Build | Refurbishment
- Status: Completed
Cassidy + Ashton was appointed lead architects and planning advisers for the refurbishment and extension of UCLan’s banquet and conference facility in Preston.
What we did
- Town Planning consultants
- Architectural consultants
Westleigh House was designed by James Hibbert, a local Preston architect who designed many historic land mark buildings, including the Harris Library in Preston City Centre.
It was built in the 1860s originally as a family house for Adam Leigh, a prominent mill owner and descendant of Sir Thomas Leigh, Knight and Lord Mayor of London.
The historic house remained within the ownership of the family until 1957 when it was purchased by Lancashire County Council and converted into a Civil Defence Regional HQ. A ‘War Control’ bunker was built in 1962, linking into the existing basement of the original house.
The building was vacated in 2007 and the University of Central Lancashire eventually acquired the facility with the intention of transforming it into a banquet and conference facility.
Cassidy + Ashton was appointed lead architects and planning advisers to carry out the adaptive reuse of the house into a purposeful building for use by UCLan. On completion of the refurbishment, Westleigh Conference Centre, as it is now known, has facilities to cater for a 250 person banquet, together with conference rooms, dining room, bars and break out areas.