Office Space, Lab Space and Low Cost Shared Space in cTAP

In our newest £11.4m technology facility, cTAP, we invite businesses to work alongside researchers from our newly-founded Department of Chemistry and access a unique suite of cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities worth almost £7m.

cTAP offers fully equipped space for innovation, research and development and is ideally suited to start-up companies, SMEs and R&D teams from established companies, providing flexible access to:

  • Laboratory space for experimental development and testing
  • Managed office accommodation with dedicated or hot desk spaces available
  • Meeting rooms, event space, IT connectivity, health and fitness, cafes and dining out
Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

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Why Host Your Business in cTAP?

  • Lancaster University is ranked in the top 10 for interactions with SMEs
  • Flexible bespoke facilities package to suit your business needs
  • Proven track record of success of assisting SMEs through projects and programmes 
  • Work with our business development team to help build relationships with our local, national and global contacts
  • Access to international markets through our international collaborative programmes
  • Access extra resources from skilled students all year round
  • Opportunities to partner with the university in the delivery of training
  • Access to the wider university community
  • Collaboration with other resident companies

Contact Us

If you want to find out more about our facilities please contact:

Synne Darwell
Business Co-location Administrator 

+44 (0)1524 510409


£11.4m technology facility


Cutting-edge instrumentation and facilities worth almost £7m


More than 10,000 square feet of space

Access Facilities

The cTAP building houses equipment and instrumentation across four suites:

"Lancaster University have excellent cleanroom facilities which have enabled Amethyst Research to fabricate prototype devices in relatively short period of time, while keeping our costs low."
Dr Manish Jain, Programme Manager and Research Scientist,
Amethyst Research Limited

Two centres of expertise offer our resident businesses additional support:

The Engineering Engagement Team

The Engineering Engagement Team

The Engineering Engagement Team has a diverse range of AM (Additive Manufacturing) equipment.

Capabilities include:

FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling), SLA (Stereo Lithography), SLS (Selective Laser Sintering), SLM (Selective Laser Melting), PolyJet equipment.

Applications include:

Prototyping and batch production of complex components.

Quantum Technology Centre

QTC provides focus for Quantum Technology activities at Lancaster University.

Expertise includes:

2D engineered device, Extreme cryogenics, Quantum security and nano mechanics, Semiconductors and quantum devices

Capabilities include:

Class100/1000 cleanrooms, ISOLAB, Characterisation, Sample growth and fabrication, Ultra-low noise measurements

Applications include:

Computing, Cryptography, Metrology, Sensing, Lasers and renewables

All of our facilities are supported by teams of experienced technicians. We have in-house expertise to train business staff to use our equipment as well as assist companies in the design and execution of experimental techniques. Businesses can access our facilities via a variety of agreements, from one off usages to exclusive hire.

  • Full analysis with report
  • Provision of data only
  • In-house equipment training
  • Consultancy

Lancashire and the Northwest

Lancashire is in the Northwest of England and has a large and diverse economy consisting of a strong mix of over 35,000 registered companies representing all sectors of the UK economy. Lancaster is well connected by road and rail to Manchester and Liverpool. London is just a 2.5-hour train ride away.

Resident Companies

These companies are currently co-locating in cTAP:

Dr. Peter Keil

Engineering services, training, and consulting in the field of lithium-ion battery technology. Dr Peter Keil is currently working in close collaboration with Lancaster University academics in joint research projects focusing on designing, conducting and evaluating battery-ageing studies. Evaluation and comparison of different measurement techniques for monitoring battery ageing and parameterization of simulation models.