2017 - June 2017

Contract awarded for Combustion and Aerothermal Technology Centre for Loughborough University 27/06/17

Loughborough UniversityLoughborough University groundbreaking

Henry Boot Construction have been awarded the contract to construct a new multi-million pound National Centre in Combustion and Aerothermal Technology at Loughborough University.

A ground breaking ceremony was held on June 12 to celebrate the start of works to the site. Representatives from the University, the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Rolls-Royce, Charnwood Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council, got construction underway by turning the first turf. Project Manager Steven Foster, Head of Pre Construction, Craig Finn and Project Estimator, Steven Lane were also in attendance at the event held at the site of the works.

The National Centre will put Loughborough at the heart of the UK aerospace engineering and technology development. It will focus on the development of future emission aerospace combustion systems that will reduce the environmental impact of aircraft.

The Centre will allow industrialists to visit and work closely with academic researchers to ensure that new technologies are translated from theory to practice as quickly and as efficiently as possible. It will also become a training ground for current and future aerospace engineers in a critical skills area for the UK.

The new building will include laboratory and office space, which will sit alongside the existing Unsteady Fluid Mechanics Laboratory - part of the Loughborough-based Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) - on Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park. The facilities will be available to a range of users from a variety of industrial sectors.

Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University, said: "We are delighted to welcome our partners to campus to mark the commencement of work on the new building. The National Centre of Excellence will be a significant addition to Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park and reinforces our commitment to provide a world-class research and development base, skilled graduate supply and innovation partnership opportunities."

Last year the government awarded £10.8 million of funding towards the new facility. The funding is being delivered through a partnership of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the ATI and Innovate UK. Additional financial support is being provided by Rolls-Royce and Loughborough University.

"We are really pleased to have been selected to deliver this important project for Loughborough University. We look forward to working with the team who are clearly keen to get things moving."

Tony Shaw, Operations Director

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