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New £30M engineering centre for Preston


The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) new engineering centre has received planning permission.

Construction is expected to start later this year on the university’s £30M Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

The EIC will provide a building for teaching and research in Preston city centre.

Preston City Council approved the project after consulting local people and organisations.

“The approval for work to begin is an important moment for the university and the future redevelopment of Preston,” said Michael Ahern, chief operating officer at UCLan.

“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.”

The university campus is undergoing a £200M redevelopment, with £10.5M in support from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

BDP, an engineering company founded in Preston and based in Manchester, has been appointed to deliver engineering works on the project. 

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