The centre has been backed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which this week announced £5m funding towards the project.
The centre will provide cutting-edge facilities for mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering to educate the next generation of professional engineers.
The centre will incorporate the university’s Centre for Excellence in Internal Combustion Research which earlier this year received £7m government backing. This Centre of Excellence is being established in partnership with Shoreham-based Ricardo, world leaders in technical and environmental consultancy and specialising in the development of low carbon vehicle technology. Joint collaborative projects include the search for the near-zero emissions internal combustion engine.
The Advanced Engineering Building is integral to the university’s £150m redevelopment scheme for its Moulsecoomb campus which includes Preston Barracks, a partnership scheme between the university and Brighton & Hove City Council.