New £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) set to be built at the University of Central Lancashire

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Plans to build a new £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have been approved, with construction work set to start later this year, a news report has been able to recently reveal.

Features of the development, which is part of UCLan’s £200m Campus ‘Masterplan’, include creating an integrated engineering hub for teaching, research and knowledge exchange. The scheme has been identified as a ‘signature project’ within Lancashire’s Strategic Economic Plan and has secured £10.5 million via the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) Lancashire ‘Growth Deal’ with Government.

A further £5m cash injection was provided from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which will be used to equip the facility with advanced technology and specialist equipment. A European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) application has also been made to support industry engagement.

Michael Ahern, chief operating officer at UCLan, said: “The approval for work to begin is an important moment for the University and the future redevelopment of Preston. A true flagship development for the city, the EIC will be a powerful hub for developing and nurturing talent that will help the UK retain its place as a leader in engineering and innovation.”

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