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BAM Construction to develop £30m Preston Engineering Innovation Centre

Published: Thursday, 01 September 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Central Lancashire is to task BAM Construction with the development of its £30 million Engineering Innovation Centre.

Located in the heart of Preston, it is expected to be complete by mid-2018 should work get underway as planned in January 2017.

BAM – named the preferred contractor for the project – will be tasked with ensuring that all work goes to plan.

SimpsonHaugh and Partners and Reiach and Hall Architects worked on the design of the build, while BDP, founded in Preston, has provided engineering expertise.

When it is developed, the EIC will attempt to reclaim Lancashire’s position as a centre for advanced manufacturing and development.

It will bring together teaching, research and industry experts, allowing for the exchange of knowledge and information.

BAM’s Pre-construction Director Adrian Blackie said the firm will use both its national and international expertise to ensure the project is a success.

“We are also passionate about making a difference by creating many employment, training, educational and social opportunities for UCLan students, staff and the wider local community,” he added.

The EIC is part of the university’s £200 million Campus Masterplan, a signature project within Lancashire’s Strategic Economic Plan – it has secured £10.5 million via the Lancashire Growth Deal between the Government and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

A further £5 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England will aid the centre as it looks to source specialist equipment and the latest advanced technology.

The centre is based in one of the strongest areas for engineering and manufacturing in the UK and should promote UCLan as a spearhead of engineering innovation.

Widespread investment will provide ample opportunities for the development to aid students in the future, giving them access to some of the best minds in the engineering and manufacturing sectors, as well as the latest technology.

The EIC aims to inspire the next generation of engineers to meet the reported skills shortage that is expected in the sector across the coming decades.

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