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New £10 million Science Centre open for business

The University of Wolverhampton showcased its investment in a new £10 million Science Centre addition on its Science Park, to potential tenants recently.

Almost 50 visitors toured the new three-storey Science, Technology and Prototyping facility which was recently completed by Clegg Construction and provides a unique combination of laboratory, workshop and high-specification office spaces.

Science and technology-based businesses looking to relocate or expand their activities into the Midlands were invited to take a tour of the modern work spaces, workshops and Category 1 and 2 laboratories as part of Wolverhampton Business Week.

The new Science Centre, based at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park in Glaisher Drive, will focus on aerospace, automotive, building technology and life-science sectors along with their associated supply-chains.


Nigel Babb, University of Wolverhampton Science Park Commercial Director, said: “The new centre will offer unrivalled specialist space to scientific-based businesses wanting to develop and enhance their research and development activities.

“Not only are we offering a unique set of resources for businesses in the area – offices, workspace and category 1 and 2 laboratories, we are offering tenants access to students, graduates and researchers as well as opportunities to collaborate with other tenants in a science specific community.”

Dr Kally Kaur, Managing Director of Watstech, currently based at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park, said: “The facilities are definitely state-of-the-art and the new building is another step up which will attract new technology companies.

“Due to business expansion we are looking to relocate our offices and the new building would allow us to create a bespoke workspace with access to unrivalled facilities in the area.”

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TOUR THE CITY’S NEW SCIENCE CENTRE

We would like to invite you to take a tour of our Science Centre; a new three-storey Science, Technology & Prototyping facility, providing a unique combination of laboratory, workshop and high-specification office space.

Science and Technology-based businesses looking to relocate or expand their activities into the Midlands will be able to take advantage of a range of modern network spaces, some of which are unique to the region, including workshops, Category 1 & 2 laboratories and a FabLab.

With its focus on aerospace, automotive, construction and life science sectors and their supply-chains, the Centre is the perfect environment for pioneering businesses that would benefit from access to world-leading research, knowledge/skills of University academics and talented graduates, plus award winning business support services.

Our FabLab team will be running demonstrations with their state-of the art design and prototyping equipment, including 3D printing and virtual modelling. You can also get advice on product development, intellectual property, technical screening and funding support.

Situated close to i54 Enterprise zone and Wolverhampton City Centre, with easy access to the M54, M6 and M5 motorway networks, our Science Centre is in a prime location within the Black Country.

Register for this event here – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tour-of-the-new-science-centre-tickets-37306613084

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Science Centre Handed Over

The brand new state of the art facility at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park has been officially handed over by contractors. At the beginning of August, works were concluded on the 10.1 million Science Centre which boasts Category 1 & 2 laboratories, workshops, a range of configurable office spaces and also a FabLab. The facilities will be ideal for companies looking to boost their research and development activities, particularly in the field of life sciences, but also in aerospace, automotive and construction.

Prospective tenants can expect spaces that are not only cutting edge, but also aesthetically pleasing, as the modern facility is now open for viewings. Some of the space has already been snapped up, with Professor Andrew Pollard, IPSS ERDF Project Director, one of the first to secure space in the new building. He said: “All technologies reach a stage in their development where they need prototyping, and we’re excited to be opening the Innovation Hub and Fablab in the new development. Just what we’ve been looking for, and just what our new product clients have been asking for!”

In terms of collaborative possibilities, the close links with the University are also being seen as a major draw for perspective new tenants. They will be provided with opportunities to access a skilled graduate base via placement programmes, as well as knowledge sharing initiatives by collaborating with research centres and institutes whose work has been assessed as World-leading.

For more information about the new facilities or to arrange a viewing, simply fill out the form on the enquiry page.

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Modern Manufacturing

Manufacturing used to conjure up images of simple production lines churning out large quantities of products, sometimes variable in quality, for one-time sale. However today, manufacturing is a far more complex and detailed continuum involving high degrees of creativity, innovation, R&D, logistics and post purchase customer service along a much broader product-life cycle. Manufacturing will always be an important element in the success for UK plc, even more so for the Midlands, often at the heart of the global supply chain.

A significant proportion of manufacturing firms expect design and development to be their most important source of comparative advantage. In order to support this innovation in continued product / market development, it is important for the right mix of components to be present: research and development expertise, skilled and creative staff, collaborative work environments, access to specialist skills and facilities, etc. Such a mix can be found in the Midlands and will soon be complemented further with the opening of the new Science, Technology & Prototyping Centre at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park, due to open in summer 2017.

With a focus on the Smart Specialisation sectors for the Black Country: aerospace, automotive, construction and life sciences, the new £10.1M facility will provide high quality resources for science-based businesses, including those in the High Value Manufacturing supply chain. For the first time, Category 1 and Category 2 laboratories will be available for firms operating from the Science Park. There will also be some smaller laboratories, fitted out and ready to hire on short term agreements, to help businesses / entrepreneurs get over those initial financial and infrastructure barriers when looking to get their new products to market quickly.

Resident businesses will also be able to benefit from access to a number of specialist facilities located less than a mile away at the University’s new £21M Rosalind Franklin Science Centre, where highly skilled students, graduates and staff are also available to help drive innovative ideas forward.

Another benefit is the ability to work with one, or more, of the university’s 14 Research Centres, all of which had elements of their research rated as world-leading by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework; demonstrating the positive impact their research has in the real world.

If you would like to find out more about this exciting development please contact Lynsey Whitfield Lynsey.Whitfield@wlv.ac.uk or e-mail enquiries@wolverhamptonsp.co.uk to be kept up to date with developments and added to our mailing list.

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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.

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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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