Julian Bowrey, senior official from the Department for Communities and Local Government, visited TWI on 17 February to see the progress of the multi-million pound development at TWI Cambridge, and was impressed with the scale and speed of the expansion.
Last year, TWI welcomed government support from the UK Regional Growth Fund, which is monitored by the Department for Communities and Local Government, to kick-start the expansion initiative. This, together with funding put forward by TWI in partnership with Barclays Corporate Banking, Cambridge and under the auspices of the industry-led Structural Integrity Research Foundation, will supply new laboratories and facilities for research and development as part of the National Structural Integrity Research Centre.
On the visit, Julian Bowrey said: “It was great to see just how well the construction is going. Once completed, NSIRC will house state-of-the-art engineering facilities providing students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in an industry-led environment. I'm delighted that the local growth team is working so well with TWI to support this exciting project.”
Recently, the project team revealed images showing both internal and external views of the new facilities featuring approximately 25,000 square metres of research and engineering space, as well as MSc teaching laboratories and classrooms.
Other newly-built facilities accessible to NSIRC students will include a library, conference centre, restaurant and ‘The Street’ – an enclosed, heated space with informal seating and meeting areas, linking all three new buildings to the existing TWI headquarters.
Simon Hannah, Finance and Technical Assurance Manager and Jon Gill, Regional Growth Fund Contract manager, both of the Department for Communities and Local Government, also joined Mr Bowrey on the visit. View images of the new buildings here