Tomorrow’s technologies develop on our doorstep

Published on: 31 Mar 2014

WORK is progressing on the extension to the National Composites Centre alongside the ring road at Emersons Green.

WORK is progressing on the extension to the National Composites Centre alongside the ring road at Emersons Green.

The expansion will enable the internationally renowned centre at the Bristol and Bath Science Park to continue to develop advanced materials that can be used by industry in a wide variety of ways.

It will also allow the workforce to build up their skills to meet 21st century needs.

International business leaders were involved in the traditional “topping out” ceremony for the new building in which cement was trowelled and evergreen branches were used to banish bad luck. The project is due for completion in July.

Peter Chivers, NCC chief executive, said, “The success of the first phase of the NCC, where the centre is already in full use by our industrial partners two years ahead of schedule, has underpinned the priority for additional facilities.

“In a year’s time we will be seeing prototypes of some of the world’s most advanced components for tomorrow’s cars and railway carriages leave these facilities.”

The centre offers companies of all sizes the opportunity to take advantage of its industrial scale research, technology and manufacturing facilities. Some are member companies, based at the centre, while others pay when they want to use it.

Alison Starr, chairwoman of the Composites Leadership Forum said the NCC would play a key role in assisting the UK manufacturing industry to retain and strengthen its global position.

The build contractor is Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. Its Wales and West regional manager Mark Williamson said, “It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to build this facility for Bristol University and the NCC. I’m delighted that we have successfully completed 100,000 person hours on the contract. As a national company we pride ourselves on adding value to local economies. More than 70 per cent of the workforce lives within a 30-mile radius and 28 of the companies we are subcontracting are locally based.” 

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