Minister hears latest plans for expansion at science park
Published on: 29 Dec 2015
BUSINESS Secretary Sajid Javid heard about the latest plans to create jobs when he visited the Bristol & Bath Science Park at Emersons Green.
Mr Javid met members of the science park’s steering committee and local MPs Chris Skidmore, Luke Hall and Ben Howlett to discuss proposals to develop a world class automotive research centre on the site.
The project is being led by the University of Bath and is supported by the steering committee under the leadership of its chairman, Professor Iain Gray. Mr Javid heard how the proposed £50m project could establish the UK as a leader in the creation of cleaner, more efficient vehicles.
Mr Javid, who grew up in Bristol and attended Downend School, said: “A successful science, technology and engineering sector will play an important part in supporting the Government’s plans for economic growth. That’s why places like Bristol & Bath Science Park have such a vital role to play in meeting our ambitions.”
Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, added: “Bristol and Bath Science Park is becoming a focus for the UK’s science and technology industries. The proposed institute would create thousands of new jobs and attract private investment to our area. It’s important that this project has the support of partners because of the huge benefits it would bring.”
Mr Gray said: “It’s important to demonstrate to Government the innovation and growth that Bristol & Bath Science Park is superbly placed to unlock.
“The science park can act as a vital component in developing new sectors, and this proposal vividly demonstrates the impact that could be made, on a local and national scale.”
About the Science Park
Bristol & Bath Science Park is a hub for innovation and high tech research, providing a hothouse environment for pioneering science and technology businesses to develop and grow
The park opened in 2011 and Phase 1 is nearing capacity, now home to around 40 growing businesses.
It is also home to the National Composites Centre, which brings together the UK’s composites industry and academia in an open innovation centre.
Phase 1 of the science park is split into the 25,000 sq ft Innovation Centre and a further 25,000 sq ft Grow On Centre. This provides flexible ‘scale up’ space for growing enterprises, including laboratories.
Linking the Innovation Centre and Grow On Centre is the Forum, a contemporary, bright and airy central space with breakout spaces, meeting and conference rooms and café
Plans for Phase 2 of the park’s development include further grow on space and an industry-led collaboration centre for emerging technologies.