Chris Skidmore MP unveils plaque for new IAAPS local research facility

Local MP and Science Minister Chris Skidmore unveiled a commemorative Foundation Plaque on Monday morning, to celebrate the latest milestone in the development of the new Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS).

The event was held at Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green, where the world-class research facility will be based. Opening in 2021, IAAPS builds on the University of Bath’s well-established research expertise in propulsion technology and aims to be a centre of excellence for research and development of the next generation of ultra-low and zero-emission vehicles.

The local MP was delighted to officially unveil the plaque and recognised the crucial role the centre will have in generating economic growth, supporting green jobs and attracting businesses to the area, with the Institute expected to stimulate around £70million of additional automotive research investment by 2025.

The MP for Kingswood, who is also interim Minister responsible for Clean Growth, has welcomed the Institute’s vast potential and contribution to the UK’s transition to a net zero economy, and hopes that IAAPS’ research will help support the automotive industries in meeting the demands of future sustainable transport.

The facility is also expected to be a world-class training environment thanks to its unique partnership of academics and industry leaders, which will help deliver cutting edge research on clean transport technologies and smarter engines for the future.

Chris said: “As Science Minister I am keen to ensure we continue to invest in emerging technology and research facilities such as IAAPS will have a huge impact on the future of sustainable transport and our ambitions for clean energy and economic growth.”

“As the local MP I am proud that this research and innovation hub will be based at our Bristol and Bath Science Park, helping to strengthen South Gloucestershire’s role at the forefront of advanced engineering and technology development, attracting investment, talent and businesses to our local area.”

Bristol and Bath Science Park has also recently seen the Council approve the expansion of the National Composites Centre to secure the ‘Wing of Tomorrow’ programme, which aims to make and assemble wings faster, easier and cheaper, supported by global aerospace giants Airbus and GKN.