National Composites Centre celebrates major milestone
The National Composites Centre at the Bristol & Bath Science Park has celebrated a major milestone at a topping out ceremony for phase two of the Centre last week.
The tradition-filled event marks the completion of the main building and roof before the task of fitting out starts. NCC member companies and other industrial representatives were there for the ceremony as cement was trowelled, evergreen branches banished bad luck and a tankard was presented to confirm the project is on track for completion in July 2014.
Currently 250 people work at the centre and this will double when the extension to the building completes later this year.
Peter Chivers, NCC Chief Executive, said, “The success of the first phase of the NCC, where the centre is already in full use by our industrial partners two years ahead of schedule, has underpinned the priority for additional facilities.
"The NCC already has 35 industrial Members, collaborates with academics from a range of UK universities but crucially offers open-access pay-per-use facilities for companies of all sizes to take advantage of the industrial scale Research, Technology and Manufacturing facilities.”