Built to provide an educational centre of excellence with new industry-focused facilities and to help boost the local economy, our £6.2m world-class Science and Engineering Innovation Centre at our Chorley Campus has officially opened!

Packed with cutting-edge laboratories and workshops equipped with the most innovative and advanced facilities, the self-contained unit allows up to 400 students a year to study science and engineering, transforming training in the area as part of a drive to “revolutionise” employability skills.

By combining a diverse range of Sixth Form subjects, university qualifications and apprenticeship programmes, Runshaw will help transform science and engineering skills, in terms of both volume and quality through this new development.

Science & Engineering Innovation Centre ClassroomScience and Engineering Students test out a robot

The project received £4.3m from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and was officially opened with a special ceremony attended by a number of local business leaders and civic dignitaries in September.

Edwin Booth, Chairman of the LEP and Booths Supermarket owner, unveiled the commemorative plaque following a tour of the centre and said how the Science and Engineering Innovation Centre at Runshaw was one of a network of modern centres across Lancashire benefiting from a £30m LEP investment.

Simon Partington, Runshaw College’s Principal, said that he looks forward to welcoming future generations of students who will travel from across the region to learn skills from a range of industries; from aerospace and advanced manufacturing, to medical and scientific professions.