MINISTER MARKS START OF NCC EXPANSION WORK
(l-r) NCC chief executive Peter Chivers and Business Minister Michael Fallon, with industry leaders and academics
Construction on the second phase of the National Composites Centre (NCC) – a world leading research and technology hub – got underway today (May 14) with a turf cutting ceremony attended by the Business Minister Michael Fallon. He was joined by a group of major business leaders and academics who are part of this collaborative project.
The doubling in size of the NCC, which is part of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, is being supported by Government funding of £28 million. The expansion will allow the NCC, which is on the Bristol & Bath Science Park, to extend its capabilities to develop composite technology for the aerospace, automotive, renewable energy and rail sectors. This will bring an additional 50 NCC jobs, 30-50 jobs within the member organisations and 80-150 construction jobs during the build phase.
As well as providing increased capacity and a dedicated high speed composite manufacturing technology facility, there will be a new world-class training centre for higher level and vocational skills development. This will help train the next generation of engineers in manufacturing and materials technologies and bring together leading businesses, colleges and Universities.
The minister also met with several early stage technology companies who are tenants of the Science Park.
Bonnie Dean, Chief Executive of Bristol & Bath Science Park, said: "It is very encouraging to see the government putting additional investment into the NCC so soon after it opened."