Friday 13 May 2016
THE University of Salford will start work this summer on an "iconic engineering gateway" to its main campus after gaining planning permission to extend the Newton Building.
The £16million project, known as the Engineering Showcase, will feature exhibition space to display engineering solutions, research/demonstration space, open-plan collaborative learning space, informal and formal presentation space, a café and ‘maker-space’.
The Newton Building, which is named after Sir Isaac Newton, and was opened by The Duke of Edinburgh, houses the School of Computing, Science and Engineering with research in collaboration with Airbus, Balfour Beatty, Dyson and dozens of small-medium enterprises.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Helen Marshall said: “Salford University has a rich tradition in engineering and our objective here is to attract new collaborators to come and work with us in Salford, share their technical challenges and draw on our wide areas of expertise.
“We are also launching our new ‘maker-space’ where staff, students and industrial collaborators can come and make engines, machines, models, 3-D printed objects and share knowledge and practice.
"We are passionate about manufacturing and believe strongly that ‘making’ is a great way to learn and to teach.”
The scheme, with design concepts by Manchester-based DAY Architectural, also responds to a projected shortfall of 5,000 engineering professionals in the North West by 2022, according to a recent New Economy report. The University of Salford is growing its numbers of trainee engineers expects to educate an additional 200 engineers at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in 2017.
Create and solve
The investment is part of a wider initiative at Salford to drive collaboration between disciplines and complements the opening of the adjacent £55m New Adelphi building where artists, musicians, digital technologists and architects will work together under one roof.