By Emmi Bowles- Editor-in-Chief
UCLan has appointed architects and engineers to work on the new Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) as the first stage in the campus Masterplan.
The Manchester based company SimpsonHaugh and Partners will lead the design of the £30 million centre, as well as collaborating with Reiach and Hall Architects. BDP has also been appointed to provide the engineering expertise for the project.
The construction of the centre will start in early 2016 and will be one of the first stages of the University’s £200 million campus redevelopment plans.
Paul Morris, UCLan’s Director of Facilities Management said: “I am delighted to announce that after a very competitive tendering process the appointment of SimpsonHaugh with Reiach and Hall as the architects and BDP as the engineers for the UCLan EIC building.
The Engineering Innovation Centre will be in the centre of the UK’s most intensive engineering and manufacturing areas of the UK and will bring together the region’s expertise from within academia. It will be equipped to the highest standard with technology demonstration areas and specialist work areas to create an integrated space for teaching, research and knowledge exchange.
AA Projects, will project manage the EIC development along with providing cost management and health and safety services.
Niall Wright, Director at AA Projects, said: “The Engineering Innovation Centre will provide unique facilities for the region and it is excellent to be progressing this outstanding development to the next phase. We feel proud to be part of this exciting and ambitious £200 million campus redevelopment and look forward to starting on site next year.”
For more information about the UCLan EIC visit www.uclan.ac.uk/eic