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New prototyping centre plans move step forward

Plans for a new £10.1m centre providing high specification laboratory and workshop space for science and engineering businesses in Wolverhampton have been submitted.

The proposed Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre will be built on land at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park.

The three storey development will offer 4,000 square metres of space and feature high quality offices, labs and workshops, as well as a café and space for parking.

The project has been funded through a £4.8m grant from the Growth Deal to the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, with the remaining £5.3m coming from the University of Wolverhampton.

Designed by Fairhursts, the new centre will offer unrivalled specialist space to scientific-based businesses wanting to develop and enhance their research and development activities.

It will also allow businesses to access support channels on the Science Park such as the Business Solutions Centre.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Oakes, said: “This exciting new development will be the only facility of its type in the Black Country and will build on the University’s investment in science and engineering in the last two years.

“It comes at a time when the University has recently completed an investment of some £22m in a new Science Centre on the Wolverhampton Campus, which provides students with world class teaching and research facilities.

“The new Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre will attract new businesses to the region involved in Science and Technology research and development as well as retaining STEM based graduates in the region who will help these businesses grow.

“Such a development will have a major impact on our local economy through improved competitiveness and new job creation.”Image 2

Stewart Towe, Chairman of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership said: “This project demonstrates confidence in the Black Country’s bright economic future. By providing support for businesses and equipping the next generation with the skills they need, we are confident that projects like this will increase our competitive ability and increase products that are made in the Black Country and sold around the world”

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “This is a hugely exciting proposal which will have an important role to play in helping local science and engineering businesses to thrive, as well as supporting our ongoing work to improve the skills of Wolverhampton’s residents.”

Plans for the centre have been submitted to the City of Wolverhampton Council for consideration. Pending approval it is hoped work can get underway on the development by February 2016, with a planned 12 month build period.

It follows significant investment by the University in recent years in science and engineering including the new state-of-the-art Rosalind Franklin Building, the £12m investment into developing engineering at the Telford Innovation Campus and the proposed redevelopment of the former Springfield Brewery site.

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Midlands construction company bags science build contract

The University of Wolverhampton has appointed Midlands Company, Clegg Construction, to build its new £10.1 million Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park – providing capacity for up to forty new businesses focused on science and technology based activities.

The new state-of-the-art, three storey development will offer 4,000 square metres of space, featuring high specification laboratories, workshops and offices – a combination of facilities not currently available in the Black Country.

The project has been part-funded through a £4.8 million grant from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of the Growth Deal with the remaining £5.3 million invested by the University of Wolverhampton.

The University of Wolverhampton Science Park is currently home to over 80 businesses employing over 500 people and working across a broad range of technological and creative disciplines.  Opened in 1995 as a joint venture between the University and Wolverhampton City Council, the site has benefited from two previous expansions in 2000 and 2004.

Nigel Babb, Commercial Director (University of Wolverhampton Science Park), said: “It’s great to have a Midlands construction company on board for this exciting project. Work is due to start on the new development early in the new year and we expect the centre to be fully operational by Summer 2017.”

Simon Blackburn, Managing Director at Clegg Construction, said:  “We were really pleased to win the contract to deliver such an exciting redevelopment programme in the Black Country.  We provide a range of construction services for the public and private industries and have a strong track record along with substantial experience of working in the education sector. We are committed, as part of the contract, to offering real work experience opportunities for apprentices and students currently studying at the University.”

For more information about the new facilities on offer check out the website:  http://www.wolverhamptonsp.co.uk/ or contact Lynsey Whitfield at lynsey.whitfield@wlv.ac.uk.

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Redevelopment of science park gets off the ground

The University of Wolverhampton’s £10.1 million investment in a new Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre is getting off the ground.

The main building is taking shape with work on schedule for completion early summer 2017.

The project has been part-funded through a £4.8 million grant from the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) as part of the Growth Deal with the remaining £5.3 million invested by the University of Wolverhampton.

The new state-of-the-art, three storey development will offer 4,000 square metres of space, featuring high specification laboratories, workshops and offices – a combination of facilities not currently available in the Black Country.

The new premises will provide capacity for up to forty new businesses focused on science and technology based activities.

Professor Ian Oakes, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said:  “We’re really pleased with the progress being made at the new £10 million Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre.  This exciting new development – which is really beginning to take shape – will be the only facility of its type in the Black Country and will build on the University’s continued investment in science and engineering over the past two years.

 

“Our aim through this major investment is to contribute to the economic regeneration of the city by attracting new businesses to the region involved in Science and Technology research and development.  The substantial investment will have a major impact on the local economy through improved competitiveness and new job creation.”

Stewart Towe, Black Country LEP Chair said: “The Growth Fund is helping the Black Country LEP to invest in, and change the landscape of, the whole Black Country. With new build specialist facilities such as the Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre we can continue to develop skills, learning and job creation within this sector and in doing so continue our work to secure a strong economic future for the Black Country.”

Anyone applying for a course through clearing should visit our dedicated website to register their interest and arrange a phone call with the University on results day, Thursday 18thAugust. For anyone who already has their results, applications can be started now, and this can either be done through our Clearing website or by calling the Clearing hotline on 01902 323505 or contact us through our Social Media channels Twitter@wlv_uni or Facebook/uniwolverhampton. Visit our next Open Day on Saturday 20th August for more information.

 

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