The CTAP building at Lancaster University

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

New Projects

Scientific scanning equipment

Greater Innovation for Smarter Materials Optimisation (GISMO)

Over 250 innovative SMEs in the Cheshire and Warrington areas will benefit from £4.4 million GISMO programme, which has been created specifically for chemical using industries, such as the chemicals, aerospace, automotive, energy, applied healthcare, and life sciences sectors. Participating businesses will gain access to research and development expertise and specialist technology to solve industry-driven challenges through innovations in ‘smart’ materials.

To find out more contact Martin Gilmore, Head of Partnerships and Business Engagement for Physical Sciences

Tel. +44 1524 510229Email

Next Gen Chem

Co-designed between Lancaster University and Yordas Group, the Next Gen Chem programme will enable 300 Lancashire chemical-using SMEs to innovate using ‘next generation’ chemistry. Through a blend of targeted workshop activities focused around innovative synthesis, formulation and chemical process development, and bespoke technical and analytical research and development support, the programme will lead to the creation of new and improved products and processes.

The funding from this programme will also expand the capacity of Lancaster University to engage with businesses on research and development through its cTAP facility by supporting the acquisition of new analytical equipment such as a catalyst assessment rig, a robotics automation platform, a kilo lab, and equipment suits.

To find out more contact Martin Gilmore, Head of Partnerships and Business Engagement for Physical Sciences

Tel. +44 1524 510229Email

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Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour and have look inside! Click below to view our 360-degree film of cTAP.We recommend this film is viewed on tablet, mobile or one of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Safari.

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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
Synne Darwell

Contact Us

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

Synne DarwellBusiness Co-location Administrator

+44 (0)1524

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.


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


  • Prototyping and batch production of complex components

Quantum Technology Centre (QTC)

The QTC provides a focus for Quantum Technology activities at Lancaster University.


  • 2D engineered devices
  • Extreme cryogenics
  • Quantum security
  • Nano mechanics
  • Semiconductors
  • Quantum devices


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


  • Computing
  • Cryptography
  • Metrology
  • Sensing
  • Lasers
  • Renewables
Work in a clean room in the Quantum Technology Centre

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.