Lancaster University expects to submit a planning application in December for its new engineering department building, scheduled for completion in summer 2014.
Publishing the invitation to tender for the construction of the 50,700 sq ft building, designed by architects John McAslan + Partners, the university said the budget for the construction was between £6.5m and £7m.
Construction is anticipated to start on site in April 2013 with an estimated build period of 64 weeks.
The engineering department is McAslan's sixth commission for Lancaster University. The new facility will contain workshops, laboratory and office space in two concrete-framed wings set either side of a continuous, four-storey high atrium 'street'.