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Scale of NSIRC development captured in aerial footage

Enabling works are well under way as part of the multi-million pound development to build the UK’s first industry-led postgraduate education and research facility in structural integrity. The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRCTM) will be a state-of-the-art engineering facility aimed at delivering world-class engineers through its MSc, PhD and MPhil courses.

Demolition and earthworks are part of the huge project to prepare the land ahead of construction – around 28 thousand cubic metres of rock and soil have been moved. The extent of the works has been captured in an aerial video of the site – click here to have a look at the aerial footage (it’s a stark difference from the photo below – a bird’s-eye view of the site from May 2013).

The high-tech facilities will support NSIRC students to excel academically and professionally in the many and varied disciplines that are essential to structural integrity and prepare them for employment. The development will comprise three new buildings, featuring:

  • Teaching laboratories and classrooms with around 2,000m2 of laboratory space

  • A 6,400m2 engineering hall

  • Workshops including a ‘welder training area’ and X-ray bays

  • A professionally-designed library with informal reading space and ‘quiet area’

  • A restaurant with seating for around 300 people

  • A common room

  • Conference facilities with large and smaller rooms as well as ‘Breakout’ spaces

  • An enclosed heated ‘street’ linking the three buildings with informal seating and meeting areas


Building work is due to start in November, with an estimated completion date of the end of 2014.

Aerial view of NSIRC Project development - May 2013
Aerial view of NSIRC development (May 2013)