Project Name .. UCLan Engineering Innovation Centre

Practice Name .. BDP

Client Name .. University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

A key part of the University’s £200 million masterplan, the £35 million, 7000m2 Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) is anticipated to produce around 500 additional locally-trained graduates each year in areas including aerospace, mechanical and energy technologies and engineering.

The building is equipped to the highest standard with technology demonstration and specialist work areas which help create integrated spaces for teaching, research and knowledge exchange. The building hosts specialist training equipment such as flight simulators, automotive research and manufacturing, and specialist electronic labs. Working alongside Reiach and Hall Architects and SimpsonHaugh and Partners, BDP engineered and lit the five-storey glazed atria facing Foster Square.

Environmental sustainability was central to the MEP design strategy, resulting in the building achieving both BREEAM Excellent and EPC A ratings. Energy demand has been minimised through the creation of naturally lit spaces and the use of variable volume ventilation system in laboratory areas.

The building services living laboratory showcases renewable technologies such as CHP, PV panels and heat pumps which allow for an additional 12% reduction in regulated carbon emissions, saving 17.2 tonnes of carbon annually.