The University of Central Lancashire
Working in partnership with Simpsonhaugh & Partners, the Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) is a 7000m² state-of-the-art facility, located in the heart of UCLan’s Preston Campus. Its aim is to exploit the location of the University at the centre of one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, and to establish UCLan as a leader in engineering innovation.
The EIC will create an integrated space for teaching, research and knowledge exchange, resulting in higher education provision in Lancashire which more closely reflects the economic priorities of the business community.
The EIC has been conceived diagrammatically as two blocks, each running north–south.
Facing east towards New Square, the Atrium provides the principal circulation route through the building along with break-out, social learning space and ‘lightweight’ teaching space [e.g. computing rooms].
Facing west, the workshop and teaching block is defined by a linear arrangement of workshops and teaching spaces. These have been designed to be column free, with floor-plates spanning from the southwest facade to the atrium edge, providing flexibility for current activities and for future changes in the teaching program.
The new EIC proposes a largely glazed façade facing New Square, providing a dynamic edge to this new vibrant public space in the city, allowing the public to view and engage with the activities taking place within.
Scottish Design Award Education Building of the Year 2020