£11.3m new uni tech lab to aid businesses

Lancaster University.
Lancaster University.

High-value manufacturing is to be bolstered by a new £11.3m technology facility to be created by Lancaster University.

The Collaborative Technology Access Programme (cTAP) will include a purpose-built facility that will offer businesses managed access to a suite of cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities worth almost £7 million.

The new facility will sit alongside Lancaster’s new Department of Chemistry and also include the provision of additional instrumentation to Lancaster’s Department of Physics, currently ranked number one in the UK on the basis of the quality of its research.

The facility, which has been part funded by the European Regional Development Fund will be built on Lancaster University’s campus over the next 12 months and is set to open in autumn 2015.