Sneak peek inside £13m Preston college facility

The interior of the STEM Centre at Preston's College

The interior of the STEM Centre at Preston's College

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This is the first glimpse of the planned interior of Preston College’s new £13m iSTEM centre ahead of the official opening in September.

Construction of the building is already well under way and the interior fit-out and handover is expected to take place shortly.

The iSTEM centre isn’t just a shiny new building on campus, but a place that will provide real work-based learning to all of our students and ensure they’re able to hit the ground running with the right skills and experience that employers want and need.

Lis Smith

Designed by Manchester-based interiors and furniture, fixtures and equipment provider, SpaceZero, the 4,200 square metre dynamic education centre will house the Fulwood college’s new innovation and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) offering, dubbed ‘iSTEM’.

The two-storey centre will feature input, process and output zones to create a holistic approach to iSTEM provision.

State-of-the-art facilities including an app design lab, advanced manufacturing workshop, multi-functional science laboratories, 3D printing and rapid proto-typing and health and rehabilitation areas will enable students to formulate ideas, test theories and present findings to local firms.

The college says its partnerships with major Lancashire employers, including BAE Systems, Baxi and the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, are vital to iSTEM provision and will provide students work on live industry briefs set by real businesses.

A new curriculum, launching in the next academic year, will have iSTEM at its heart, ensuring Preston’s College students develop the very best skills and knowledge by working together on exciting projects to improve their employablility.

College principal and chief executive Lis Smith said: “ Lis Smith, principal and chief executive at Preston’s College, said: “SpaceZero’s skill set and experience, particularly in education, is the ideal match for the high standards required by the college and we believe they’ve captured the entire essence of iSTEM teaching and what we’re trying to achieve as a forward-thinking education provider.

She added: “The iSTEM centre isn’t just a shiny new building on campus, but a place that will provide real work-based learning to all of our students and ensure they’re able to hit the ground running with the right skills and experience that employers want and need.

“We believe that the centre can play a real role in supporting businesses in key priority growth sectors for Lancashire and we will be encouraging companies to make use of the fabulous facilities and expertise we will have.”