South Gloucestershire is strengthening its role at the forefront of aerospace and advanced engineering, delighting the area’s local MP and Science Minister.
This week the Government and West of England Combined Authority celebrated the use of £5.765 million from the Local Growth Fund for the University of Bath and South Gloucestershire Council to jointly purchase the Bristol & Bath Science Park as a centre of excellence for research and development across the region.
In the same week, the Council approved an extension to the National Composites Centre (NCC) located on the Science Park to secure the ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ programme, which according to Airbus aims to make and assemble wings faster, easier and cheaper.
Phase 1 of the NCC opened in mid-2011 and soon reached capacity. Phase 2 was completed in 2014. The NCC is now facilitating the ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ programme in collaboration with leading industry partners which in turn, introduces new space requirements within the building.
According to the NCC, the extension is needed over and above the existing facility to provide the manufacturing and processing space necessary for the WoT programme. This includes customer specific space and shared space. It is supported strongly by global aerospace giants Airbus and GKN.
MP for Kingswood Chris Skidmore, who is also the Government’s Science Minister, said:
“I’m delighted to see the Bristol & Bath Science Park in our constituency go from strength to strength. This month has seen the government recognise how the Local Growth Fund has helped South Gloucestershire Council and the University of Bath to purchase the Science Park to secure its long-term future and the approval of the NCC’s extension ensures that our area can continue to lead the world in developing the future of aerospace.”
This month’s news has also been welcomes by Emersons Green district councillors Rachael Hunt and Colin Hunt, as well as Town Councillor Judy Adams.