Engineering Innovation Centre
The six storey, 7000m2 building will be a state-of-the-art facility, with integrated teaching and research space and an environment that inspires knowledge exchange, establishing UCLan as a leader in engineering innovation. It is anticipated to produce an increase of 500 locally trained graduates per year in areas including aerospace, mechanical and energy technologies and engineering.
Staff, students and local companies will have access to state-of-the-art equipment including flight simulators, Formula One cars and specialist electronics labs, which will also allow users to work on live, real world projects.
Pre-construction and Construction Update
• Since our appointment, we have been working with UCLan to finalise the design, achieve the budget and preparing to start construction.
• Piling works started in July and are underway to form the foundations. Recycled stone was brought in to form a solid base for the piling rig to work from.
• Once the foundations are complete, works will commence on the retaining wall and concrete cores of the building before starting the steel frame.
• We have been working closely with UCLan to further develop and implement an Employment and Education Skills Plan to maximise added value for students and the wider, local community.
• We have offered advice and guidance around social value plans to achieve the maximum outcomes for the overall 10-year UCLan Campus Masterplan.
• So far we have hosted two work experience placements, including UCLan BA (Hons) Interior Design student, Ben Hunter from Preston.
• Through the Central Lancashire Construction Skills Hub (inc. UCLan), we’ve met local supply chain companies, shared opportunities and are already using Lancashire based companies including piling subcontractor, Bachy, muck-away subcontractor, Armstrongs, and Tarmac concrete supplier’s Preston depot.
“The start of work on site marks another exciting milestone for our Campus Masterplan and the creation of a powerful hub for developing and nurturing skills. The EIC has an important part to play, not just in confirming Lancashire’s role as a national centre for advanced manufacturing, but in maintaining the UK’s international leadership in engineering and innovation.”
Michael Ahern, Chief Operating Officer at UCLan