CONSTRUCTION of the University of Bolton’s new National Centre for Motorsport Engineering (NCME) is transforming a four-acre site in the heart of Bolton.
The £13m, 45,000 sq ft building, designed by international architects Hassell, is on schedule to welcome its first intake of students this autumn.
Three floors overlooking a central atrium include formal classrooms, technology centres, display areas and space dedicated to businesses.
Facilities include state-of-the-art engineering and design equipment, including robotic workshops, carbon-fibre laboratories and wind tunnels. The centre will also house mutually beneficial, co-operative activities with motorsports and automotive organisations, with students accessing real-world race teams and car manufacturing.
The educational establishment already provides degree courses through its established Centre for Advanced Performance Engineering, and the new NCME offers a Bachelor of Engineering degree for those entering from A-level studies and a Bachelor of Science for BTEC entrants, with both courses preparing students for roles in broader engineering fields including automotive and aerospace.
The university has a distinguished history going back to the 1820s and its roots as a mechanics institute, and the Greater Manchester town is twinned with Le Mans, the home city of endurance racing in France.
“This is an exciting investment for the university as well as the town, but most significantly for students and industry who want a grounded, motorsports engineering degree,” says
Professor George Holmes, the university’s president and vice-chancellor, said: ‘We are fundamentally committed to providing teaching-intensive education from academics and expert professionals, backed up by real-life experience that leads to employability. The National Centre for Motorsport Engineering is a physical salute to Britain’s heritage in the motorsports and automotive worlds and will be responsible for contributing to their future workforce, both in the UK and abroad.’
Main picture: An architect’s impression of the NCME’s interior
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