The huge glass building at the front of the main UCLan campus looks amazing – what is it?
It is the new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre, which is nearing completion.
Does it have a specific purpose?
The EIC will provide an integrated space for teaching, research and direct links with industry.Staff, students and companies within the region will have access to top of the range equipment including flight simulators, artificial intelligence capabilities and specialist electronic laboratories, allowing students to
work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners.
Who came up with the design?
Designed by internationally renowned architects SimpsonHaugh, the facility has been built with the involvement of employers across the county and the wider North West, who have helped to inform its design and will continue to play a significant role in the operation of the new Innovation Centre once it is open.
When will that be?
Main contractor BAM Construction is on schedule to complete the EIC, a part of the University’s £200 million Masterplan, in early 2019, when it will open up to students.