A design guide for the proposed 130,000 sq ft Knowledge Park development in Burnley has been published for prospective developers to follow during the tender process.
Burnley Council commissioned the guide and were helped by architectural practice Austin-Smith:Lord, Glovers Project Services, and Regenerate Pennine Lancashire.
The knowledge park will be aimed at innovative companies and seeks to build on the success of the adjacent £85m University of Central Lancashire and Burnley College campus.
Alistair Sunderland, partner at Austin-Smith:Lord Architects, said: "The Knowledge Park is a key development opportunity in Burnley's regeneration as a centre of learning and innovation and plugged directly into the heart of the town. Its plan adds value to its location and setting for innovation and enterprise to flourish in a sustainable high quality business park."
A planning application has been submitted for the Knowledge Park site which is fully-owned by Burnley Council with a decision on this application expected in September at which point a developer will be formally sought.
Sunderland added: "Burnley has character and a strong heritage with continuing advanced manufacturing skill; it has potential to regenerate itself around and within its historic town centre. This is crucial to its identity and for sustainable growth in the global markets of the 21st century.
"Essential for the competitive edge required of a high value western economy is expertise and innovation in emerging technologies and Burnley Knowledge Park provides the best resource for progressive business."