Engineering Innovation Centre

The EIC Project

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UCLan’s vision over the next 10 years is to create a unified, sustainable and welcoming campus which will enhance the experience for all those visiting the University. The new campus will integrate seamlessly with the rest of the City, benefitting current and future generations of students, staff, visitors and the wider community.

The first stage of the development will see the construction of the Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) a £30 million-plus state-of-the-art facility at the heart of the Preston - helping to further establish UCLan as a leader in engineering innovation.

Opening fully in 2019, the Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) will capitalise on the location of the University at the centre of one of the most intensive engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK to create an internationally competitive facility that will bring together the region’s expertise from within academia and industry.

The EIC 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.


The Engineering Innovation Centre has seven major objectives, to deliver:

  1. An expanded engineering school with the capacity to accommodate increased undergraduate students.
  2. An increase in applied, industry relevant research linked to key Lancashire manufacturing sub-sectors and specialisms, directly supporting the engineering business base in Lancashire and the North West.
  3. A long term programme of SME and supply chain engagement, innovation and business development support, with companies able to access state of the art equipment and testing facilities.
  4.  An increase in the number of graduate engineers each year in Lancashire, providing Lancashire employers with a source of locally trained new graduates.
  5. An increase in the number of young people and, in particular the proportion of females, choosing to take up engineering at a local university.
  6. GVA and employment generation as a result of the Engineering Innovation Centre’s activities.
  7. An early element of implementation of the University’s masterplan for the Preston campus, creating facilities that also form an important element of the city centre’s regeneration.