The building, scheduled to open in September this year, will be one of the world’s leading engineering research buildings and will extend the university’s Advanced Engineering Centre which works with a range of engineering companies on innovative research in partnership with the automotive industry to promote vital industrial knowledge-exchange.
The AEB will allow the university to extend its long-term partnership with Ricardo, the Shoreham-based global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy and specialist manufacturer, through a dedicated combustion engine research area designed on the ground floor. There will also becutting-edge engineering workshops to support undergraduate and postgraduate engineering, and specialist teaching facilities.
Professor Debra Humphris, university Vice-Chancellor, joined a tour of the building with colleagues including university governors. She said: “This is an amazing development between our partners Ricardo and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, and it was recently recognised by the Wolfson Foundation with an award of £500,000 for specialist equipment.
“The facilities will extend our leading-edge research and education to make an impact in the industry both regionally and globally.
“As a university we are committed to making a real practical difference through our research and partnerships, and the AEB will enhance the quality of our research and the student experience.”
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