Glass panels go into place at Preston’s new engineering centre

Posted on - 18th May, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston City Centre, Preston News, University campus
One of the glass panels being hoisted into place
One of the glass panels being hoisted into place

Large panels of glass have begun to appear on the city’s newest building on its skyline.

Preston’s Engineering Innovation Centre is taking shape alongside the Adelphi roundabout.

A total of 652 panes of glass are to be lifted into place around the University of Central Lancashire’s newest building during the next two months.

Each glass pane weights 250kg and measures four square metres.

Read more: Aerial pictures show how the Engineering Innovation Centre is progressing

Chief operating officer at UCLan Michael Ahern said: “These types of milestones are really important stages in the progress of a building that is not only an asset to the University but also to the region and its economy.

“When it’s completed in early 2019, it will help to attract talented people to the area who will then go on to become engineers of the future. However, in addition to the EIC being a state-of-the art place for learning, it’ll act as a catalyst for the two-way transfer and enhancement of knowledge, research and innovation between the University and industry.”

Here comes the glass panels
Here comes the glass panels

The new building is due to open in early 2019.

Work on the site is being carried out by BAM Construction.

Read more: New multi-faith centre Oasis opens on Preston campus

Project manager Simon Atkinson said: “This is a significant milestone in the EIC project. Once the glass is fitted, it means the building will then be weather tight and we can really start to ramp up the work we are doing on the inside of the EIC.”

Around 500 engineers per year are due to graduate from the centre.

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