University of Bath Vice-President (Implementation), Steve Egan, along with Dean of the Faculty of Engineering & Design, Professor Gary Hawley, and Director of Research & Innovation Services, Dr Jon Hunt, met Mr Javid along with members of the Science Park’s steering committee and local MPs Ben Howlett, Chris Skidmore and Luke Hall to discuss emerging proposals to develop a world class automotive research centre on the site.
The project is being led by the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and is supported by the steering committee under the leadership of its chairman, Professor Iain Gray.
Mr Javid heard how the proposed £50m project could put the UK in the driving seat in creating a new breed of electric and hybrid vehicles. It could also create thousands of new highly skilled advanced engineering jobs if it was to go ahead.
This facility would work with industry leaders to build on the progress being made in the UK and give us a real competitive edge. We’re encouraged by the support of partners and the opportunity to discuss this with government
The University of Bath is preparing a detailed business case, which will be used to attract the investment needed to deliver the project, described as one of the top priorities for the future development of the Science Park site.
Sajid Javid said: “A successful science, technology and engineering sector will play an important part in supporting the government’s plans for economic growth. That’s why organisations like Bristol & Bath Science Park have such a vital role to play in meeting our ambitions.
“It was good to hear about the plans and see the level of support for them from the University of Bath, steering committee members and local MPs. I look forward to seeing future plans for the site develop.”
Steve Egan, Vice-President (Implementation) at the University of Bath, said: “We are committed to the development of a facility that would deliver research and development for tomorrow’s clean efficient vehicles. This facility would work with industry leaders to build on the progress being made in the UK and give us a real competitive edge. We’re encouraged by the support of partners and the opportunity to discuss this with government.”