New global automotive facility to be built at science park

Prof. Iain Gray

Prof. Iain Gray

A new global automotive research facility and 55,000 sq ft of space for growing businesses will be built at Bristol and Bath Science Park.

As part of ambition plans going forward, the park will also be spending money on improving training provision for the UK composites sector.

Professor Iain Gray, chairman of the Science Park’s newly created Steering Committee set up to deliver phase two of the site’s development, presented the park’s world leading proposals to business leaders recently.

He told visitors that the following would be delivered.

• The development of a second Grow on Space to provide office accommodation, workshop and laboratory space for growing businesses.

• An open innovation centre led by the University of Bath that combines the talents of academia and industry to deliver world-leading advanced propulsion systems for the automotive sector.

• A major industry-led collaboration to create a centre of national and international significance, involving the universities of Bristol, Bath and West of England and supporting the development of emerging technologies.

• The further extension of the National Composites Centre (NCC), to include a skills facility which would firmly establish it as an international centre of excellence in the research, development and commercialisation of composite technologies and products.

• Building on the success of the NCC’s business model to develop further bespoke plots for businesses.

He said: “The Science Park is a vital component in the production line for developing new sectors where the West of England is already establishing a leadership position, from robotics to quantum computing technologies.

“These fast-emerging industries will be key to job creation and inward investment in the Emersons Green Enterprise Area and the wider area, building on the West of England’s reputation as a major centre for science, technology and engineering.”