Posts Tagged ‘SPark’

Science park celebrates first anniversary with “open innovation” debate

Posted on Wednesday 26th September 2012 at 9:47 pm by SH (Editor)

The Bristol and Bath Science Park at Emersons Green, Bristol.

Open innovation is key to identifying the industries of the future on which UK prosperity will depend, and the Bristol & Bath Science Park offers an exciting place to accelerate this in the South West.

That was the message delivered by Will Hutton, who was speaking at the Bristol & Bath Science Park’s first anniversary event today (26 September).

Just one year after opening, space at The Park has been snapped up twice as fast as anticipated with over three quarters of the first phase already let.

New deals revealed today will see three international science and technology-based companies move or expand into the Grow On Centre at the Park. These include Japanese power electronics firm TDK-Lambda, a group company of the TDK Corporation, Marine Current Turbines, a Siemens company, and advanced numerical simulation research body, CFMS.

Speaking at the Science Park’s inaugural anniversary event today, co-hosted by Science City Bristol, Will Hutton, Chair of the Big Innovation Centre at the Work Foundation said:

“For Britain to compete effectively in a global economy, a strong culture of open innovation is vital to building the high value industries of the future. The South West has the ingredients in place to develop a vibrant open innovation ecosystem – international research-led Universities, major blue chip corporates, a potentially strong SME sector which embraces disruptive technologies and a developing skills base. It still falls short of a proper innovation eco-system. However the Science Park offers the potential to provide a new hub to accelerate open innovation in the region.”

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Vince Cable opens the National Composites Centre at Emersons Green

Posted on Thursday 24th November 2011 at 9:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Vince Cable opens the National Composites Centre, Bristol

Government Minister Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, officially opened the £25m National Composites Centre (NCC) in Emersons Green earlier today (Thursday 24th November).

The NCC is a new 8,500 sqm state-of-the-art building that brings together dynamic companies and enterprising academics to develop new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high-quality composite products.

Composite materials, such as carbon fibre, are finding increasing use in fields as diverse as aerospace, wind turbines and electric vehicles and the NCC aims to capitalise on the research and manufacturing expertise already built up in the field of composites development within the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area.

Speaking to more than 200 guests at today’s official opening, Dr Cable said:

“Here in the UK we are very good at invention, but we need to do more to innovate and turn our ideas into products and jobs. I don’t want the UK to miss out on any opportunities to create economic growth through manufacturing.”

“This centre will work with our world class universities and international businesses based in the South West and across the UK, to develop and commercialise new technologies. Its work will strengthen our manufacturing sector, exploiting the next generation of advanced composites materials and helping maintain our global lead in this technology area. I look forward to seeing what they produce.”

After the formalities, Dr Cable was shown around the centre and saw state-of-the-art machinery, including a world-leading £2.5m robotic, automatic fibre placement. He also met some of the highly skilled engineers that will assist UK manufacturers to develop and commercialise new technologies and products.

More: Centre expects £5.5m of work in its first year »


Bristol and Bath Science Park officially opened for business

Posted on Wednesday 12th October 2011 at 1:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Bristol and Bath Science Park (SPark) - The Forum

South Gloucestershire Council has welcomed the launch of SPark, the Bristol and Bath Science Park, following its official opening by the Rt Hon David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, on Monday 26th September.

The 59-acre site in Emersons Green is set to become a new powerhouse for research and development in the region creating an anticipated 6,000 highly-skilled jobs.

Council leader John Calway said:

“South Gloucestershire is already home to many of the region’s most innovative and high-tech companies and [its] launch is very welcome.”

“I look forward to seeing SPark flourish as a hotbed for cutting-edge innovation and enterprise, bringing even more new, high-quality jobs to our local economy.”

“South Gloucestershire Council’s planning team has worked hard with SPark’s developers to help realise this landmark project and will continue to do so in the future.”

Bristol is one of six Science Cities in England, recognising its many achievements in world class scientific research, innovation and development. The other Science Cities designated by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, in 2005 are Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and York.

To date, Bristol has been the only Science City in the country not to have a science park and creating one is a major step forward in promoting the region’s concentration of highly-skilled people as well as creating a hotbed for future innovation.

Read on for more news about the park and its official opening »


Council welcomes Emersons Green science park announcement

Posted on Tuesday 23rd February 2010 at 1:00 pm by SH (Editor)

South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council has welcomed the announcement that work is planned to start in the spring on a new £300million science park.

The state of the art scheme – which will be located in Emersons Green, South Gloucestershire – will create around 6,000 high-skill and ancillary jobs and will help bring significant economic benefits to the West of England region and further afield.

Councillor John Godwin, executive member for external affairs and partnerships at the council, said: “The science park will be a world-class facility and a huge economic boost, creating thousands of jobs. The ambitious initiative will further strengthen industry and research in the region, and it is a facility that this council has supported and promoted for many years and we are extremely pleased that it is now coming to fruition.”

The South West Regional Development Agency is behind the major initiative and South Gloucestershire Council has been one of the partner organisations – including local universities, local industry, the West of England Learning and Skills Council and the Government Office South West – lending its expertise and helping to steer the project forward.

The science park, branded SPark, will be located on a 25 hectare site between the M4 and the Avon Ring Road in the North Fringe. It will serve as a major centre for science and technology, utilising and building on the expertise in the surrounding universities and industry.

Source: South Gloucestershire Council