£30m Preston engineering centre at Uclan approved for major expansion

£30m Preston engineering centre at Uclan approved for major expansion

The University of Central Lancashire has got the green light for work to start on the first part of a major campus expansion in Preston.

It is hoped the planned £30m Engineering Innovation Centre will reclaim Lancashire's role as a national centre for advanced manufacturing.

Manchester-based SimpsonHaugh and Partners is leading on the design in collaboration with Reiach and Hall Architects. BDP, which also has an office in Manchester and was founded in Preston, has been appointed to provide the engineering expertise for the project.

Located in the heart of Preston city centre, it is hoped work can start this year for completion in 2018.

The EIC, which is the first major milestone in UCLan's £200m campus masterplan, has been identified as a signature project within Lancashire's Strategic Economic Plan and has secured £10.5m via the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership's (LEP) Lancashire 'Growth Deal' with Government.

It received a further £5m cash injection from Higher Education Funding Council for England, which will go towards equipping the facility to the highest standard with advanced technology and specialist equipment.

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