The University of Bath has received significant government investment to develop the Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems in Emersons Green.

The scheme has been awarded almost £29 million of capital funding from the Higher Education Funding Council’s (HEFCE) UK Research and Partnership Investment Fund (RPIF) which, along with further investment from the University of Bath and West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, will allow construction of the £60 million site to begin in 2018 and be completed in early 2020.

The centre will be built at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green and is part of a wider vision to expand the site, which also includes a new building for growing science and technology-based companies. The centre, led by the University of Bath, will support around 1,900 of new highly productive jobs in the UK and place the area at the heart of the automotive sector.

Local MP Chris Skidmore said:

“After the meeting with the Secretary of State Sajid Javid last year, I am pleased that we have now secured Government funding to help build the centre at the Bristol and Bath Science Park in Emersons Green. The project will create lots of new and skilled jobs within Kingswood and the South West as well as putting our area at the heart of this industry.

It is important that, as a local area, we continue to attract projects like automotive research centre because it is through these developments that we will be able to provide local residents with the types of jobs that they would like and, as the local MP, I will do everything I can to continue to secure the investment our area deserves.”