Apology: A New Roster for Foster

Laura Creighton - Deputy Editor

The Pulse would like to apologise for an article named ‘A New Roster for Foster’ in the latest printed edition. Please see below for the amended article with the correct information.

Construction work has been taking place at the front of Foster Building over the summer and is set to continue for the rest of the year.

Hoardings went up around what was Foster Car Park, off Adelphi Roundabout, in July this year to start work on the new Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

The project is costing £30million of the £200million Campus Masterplan, which also includes the construction of two Social Spaces, a Multifaith Centre and a Student Centre and University Square.

The EIC construction will create several stories of state-of-the-art facilities, with integrated teaching and research spaces. 500 students are expected to graduate each year in a wide variety of engineering subjects, including aerospace, mechanical, energy tech and construction, after receiving training in the new space.

Specially adapted facilities and on-hand industry experts will allow the students to work on real life projects throughout their course, providing them with skills that translate directly to the work place.

Education Officer Suntosh Kaur told The Pulse, “These facilities will be a fantastic opportunity for students to have access to innovative equipment in order to develop their skills with real life working environments.”

The new training centre promises to address a skills deficit both locally and nationally, by giving students in STEM fields a dedicated space and brand new facilities to carry out their degree.

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.

International construction firm BAM is heading up the building of the Engineering and Innovation Centre after being appointed through the North West Construction Hub. The building is expected to be finished in 2019.

What do you think of the new designs for Foster Building? Is it disturbing your learning or do you think the temporary building will be worth it?

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