Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH)

The £5.5m Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH) — opened in 2014 — was developed collaboratively with leading dealerships including Bowker BMW and Simpsons Skoda. RATH is also a student-supported commercial garage, offering a number of services to the public.


  • Developed collaboratively with Chorley Nissan, Blackburn Audi, Bowker BMW, Simpsons Skoda and the Institute of the Motor Industry
  • Real-world garage and workshop environment with commercial MOT lane
  • Diagnostics laboratory
  • A range of hybrid and electric vehicles to develop future-proofed skills