Work is well underway on a new £10.1 million Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre at the University of Wolverhampton Science Park site, on the Stafford Road.
The centre will form a new frontage to the existing science park and the three floor development will offer 4,000 square metres of space and feature high quality offices, laboratories and workshops, as well as a café and space for parking.
The project has been funded through a £4.9m grant from the Growth Deal to the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, with the remaining £5.2m coming from the University of Wolverhampton.
Designed by the Fairhurst Design Group, the new centre will offer unrivalled specialist space to scientific-based businesses wanting to develop and enhance their research and development activities – a resource currently unavailable in the Black Country. The design of the building will offer laboratories of varying size and will include facilities that can be hired by the day, week or month in order to provide short-term solutions to science based businesses.
University of Wolverhampton Science Park actively encourage collaboration within its tenant community, the main circulation areas of the new building will be a “street” of shared workspace and atrium, which will afford more opportunities for interaction and partnerships.
Clegg Construction Limited was awarded the construction contract and began work on the site in January.
A ground-breaking ceremony, to mark the start of construction, was attended by Professor Geoff Layer, vice chancellor - University of Wolverhampton; Professor Ian Oakes, deputy vice-chancellor - University of Wolverhampton; Ninder Johal, LEP Board Member; Nigel Babb, commercial director, University of Wolverhampton Science Park; Councillor John Reynolds, cabinet member for city economy, Wolverhampton City Council and Tim Walker, construction director, Clegg Construction Ltd.
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. “We already have around 80 businesses based at the Science Park and this new centre will attract another 30 science and technology-based companies right to the heart of Wolverhampton. “It is a huge opportunity for the city and the University. We want to work with these businesses to help them grow and develop new products and processes and also give our students the chance for placements and graduate jobs. “Job creation is a huge priority for the city and the Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre will attract new businesses bringing with them high-value jobs for the area and for graduates.”
Professor Ian Oakes, Chief Executive of UoWSP and Deputy Vice Chancellor of University of Wolverhampton speaks about the opportunities this exciting new development will bring to the city of Wolverhampton and the Black Country on the following YouTube link http://bit.ly/1pnspkA
The centre is due to be completed in Spring 2017, if you would like to find out more contact Lynsey Whitfield Lynsey.Whitfield@wlv.ac.uk
As work progresses this page will be updated.
An artists impression of the planned expansion
* Please note the computer generated graphics / video have been produced for illustrative purposes and are indicative of the current proposals at this stage of the design process. Aspects of the design may still change
Watch the fly through of the planned expansion at the link below: