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Major capital projects

We have a long history of delivering major projects in collaboration with industry and government. Having grown significantly since we were founded in 1980, by Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, with 13 centres and institutes we are now building three new research centres which will contribute to the future of UK manufacturing and engineering.


National Automotive Innovation Centre

The National Automotive Innovation Centre will provide a national focus and a critical mass of research capability, combining the expertise nationally and internationally from industry, universities, supply chain companies, SMEs etc. It will be a unique resource, with an environment to foster collaboration, cohesion and cross-fertilisation of knowledge and will provide a platform for greater involvement in EU-wide research programmes. It will enable academic / industry teams to work together in state of the art buildings, with tailored equipment to create and integrate breakthrough technologies with a whole system approach crossing multiple disciplines. It will address the shortage of skilled R&D staff in the automotive supply chain, creating a pipeline of people into companies.

The Centre is expected to open Summer 2018.

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Materials Engineering Centre

The Materials Engineering Centre will accommodate further research space for applications-driven 'engineering scale' research on metallic, non-metallic and polymeric materials; their composites and hybrid structures. Further enhancing our research infrastructure, it will open up new collaborative opportunities with our business partners, bringing benefits to the local economy. Funding of £10m is from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The Centre is expected to open by September 2018.

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Wellesbourne Campus - Bleasdale Building

Currently under refurbishment to accommodate our Special Vehicle Projects Team. This new facility for vehicle build and test will have two state of the art workshops for build/test and styling area. There will also be a purpose built fitting/modification space, and onsite office with access to CAD.