The University of Lincoln’s School of Engineering building is six weeks away from completion.
Work has already started on moving into the new building as research and teaching labs are being disassembled and planning for transporting computer labs and offices.
The new school, based on the university’s Brayford Pool campus, will provide students with teaching and research facilities including a turbine hall.
The undergraduate programme Mechanical Engineering began in 2010 and was taught in nearby locations and will move in come September 2011.
Siemens, who have played a large part in the design of the course and to the building as well, will be moving their Gas Turbine Product Training Centre into the building.
Siemens and the university staff will move into the top floor of the Engineering School which is designated office space.
The school has already been recognised nationally by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in a report looking at the success of funding for strategically important and vulnerable subjects.
Talking about the funding for the building and course Professor Paul Stewart, Head of School, said: “The School of Engineering at the University of Lincoln is a prime example of the way in which directed strategic funding has brought tangible and sustainable benefits to the education sector, industry and the wider community.
“The relationship with Siemens is a unique collaboration to produce ‘industry-ready’ graduates who are well prepared to make an immediate impact when they graduate.”
The next stage of the building is designing an extension which will house further teaching and lab space with research facilities such as gas turbine rig for combustion research.