The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) Engineering and Innovation Centre (EIC) is passing through a new and exciting stage. The foundations for the six-storey building are complete and the steel structure is being erected.
The superstructure, which can be seen from the Adelphi Roundabout, shows the scale and height of the new building. The 250 tonne crane, currently the biggest in use in Preston, will remain on site for the next four months, hoisting the steel columns and beams into place. These will eventually support the concrete slabs forming the five upper floors and roof structure.
David Smith, Director of Capital Projects at UCLan said:
The work on the EIC is progressing well, after months of planning it’s exciting to see the building taking shape.
The Engineering Innovation Centre will be a state-of-the-art facility, with integrated teaching and research space. The £30 million building will create an environment that inspires teaching, research and knowledge exchange, establishing UCLan as a leader in engineering innovation.
The EIC has been identified as a signature project within Lancashire’s Strategic Economic Plan and has secured £10.5 million via the Lancashire Enterprise Partnerships’ Growth Deal with the Government. The new facility has also received £5.8million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £5million from HEFCE’s STEM Capital Fund.
Using innovative technology we’ve created a video that allows you to walk through the EIC. Check it out below.