Watch as UCLan’s new Engineering Innovation Centre comes to life

Posted on - 5th November, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan, University campus
The video is kicked off by Gwen the cleaner

A new video shows UCLan’s new £35million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC) coming to life.


The EIC, which officially launched in October, is a teaching and research facility that engages directly with industry and provides students with real-world experience on live, engineering-related projects.

Talking about the concept of the film, director Adam Farrar-Armiger said: “Gwen our cleaner kicks off the video. She’s mopping the floor before finishing for the day. Then the mop falls and hits the CD player, and it brings all the machines to life.”

Adam adds: “It sounds completely and utterly strange, but it’ll look good in the end I promise!”

If the video above doesn’t load, you can watch it in YouTube.

As the cameras go from floor to floor, machines are seen powering up on their own, while the firebox spontaneously sets alight and the lift is shown operating on its own.

Viewers also get a glimpse inside different areas of the building including the motorsport workshop, where two exhaust fume extractors unfurl from the ceiling seemingly by themselves.

As well as showing off the technology in the building, the video features the architecture, and other facilities such as the teaching rooms.

A still from the new EIC video
A still from the new EIC video

The EIC forms part of the University’s £200million Masterplan, which includes a new student support centre, improvements to the Adelphi roundabout, new social spaces and a new multi-faith centre.

Read more: Upcoming road changes as UCLan Masterplan moves into next major phase

Speaking at the time the EIC opened, pro-chancellor and chair of the University Board David Taylor said: “The EIC is not only a significant asset to the University but also the county, wider region and the UK. 

“It will act as one of the driving forces behind the industrial strategy both on a regional and national scale while cementing Lancashire’s position as a national centre of excellence for aerospace, advanced engineering and manufacturing.”

What do you think of the EIC? Let us know in the comments.

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