UCLan and partners, including the Samuel Lindow Foundation, invested £5 million into the comprehensive redevelopment and extension of the Samuel Lindow Building in 2009.

This facility was developed from the original Westlakes International Research and Graduate Centre and offers state-of-the-art facilities in advanced technology, communications systems and environmental performance.

With two laboratories and advanced teaching areas with the latest high performance computing facilities the Samuel Lindow Building maintains UCLan’s commitment to providing facilities of the highest standard. The upgraded building is also beneficial to education in Copeland, particularly higher education teaching, research, knowledge transfer and outreach.

Key features of the Samuel Lindow building

  • Located at the heart of Westlakes Science and Technology Park, at the centre of Britain’s Energy CoastTM, a focus for UK energy developments.
  • A laboratory for practical teaching and demonstrations with fume hoods and experiment bench space.
  • A lecture theatre with capacity in excess of 100 people and featuring the latest 3D projection technology and the ability to record and broadcast events and lectures.
  • A design and simulation computer laboratory equipped with high end computers and state-of-the-art CAD software.
  • A dedicated business incubator and business support centre, with accessible desk space and facilities, plus dedicated rooms available for start-ups to rent at special rates.
  • A computing suite with networked IT facilities for students, including access to UCLan networks and resources.
  • A postgraduate student research office with access to UCLan's high performance computing capability.
  • A small networked research library facility.
  • A cafe and foyer area for refreshments, small exhibitions and informal meetings.

Environmental Leadership

UCLan is a green university and one of the leading UK universities for environmental leadership. The People and Planet’s Green League measures the environmental management and performance amongst universities across the UK. For 2012, UCLan was placed sixth out 145 institutions and was given a ‘First Class’ award. With its focus on energy, UCLan Westlakes plays an important role in our environmental leadership.

Our Westlakes Campus features

  • Ground source heat pump used to heat the under-floor in the main ground floor reception area.
  • Solar heating used for domestic hot water.
  • A grass roof for improved, natural insulation.
  • A BREEAM rating of 'Very Good' which highlights the considerable effort that went into designing a building for good environmental performance.
  • A wind turbine which generates 5kW towards the energy needs of the building.

Supporting you and your studies

Learning and Information Services looks after all things IT and Library related at UCLan. They work with Westlakes campus staff, to ensure that you can access all the information you need whilst studying at UCLan, via a range of resources, facilities and services.

Business Support

UCLan is an enterprising University. Our Preston business incubator has helped hundreds of local companies develop and we are now doing the same in West Cumbria.

The UCLan Westlakes Campus has dedicated incubation space, supported by our business development expertise. In particular we provide support in finance, law, sales and marketing, IP management and networking.