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Contractor Chosen To Build Cutting-Edge Research Facility Supporting Engineering Giants Of Tomorrow

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Contractor Chosen To Build Cutting-Edge Research Facility Supporting Engineering Giants Of Tomorrow

Date posted: 29 October 2013

Derby City Council, in partnership with the University of Derby, Aston University and Cranfield University, are delighted to announce the appointment of G F Tomlinson to develop and build the Innovation Centre at the heart of Infinity Park Derby, adjacent to Rolls-Royce at Chellaston. This facility will match up-and-coming, high-tech engineering firms with some of the brightest and best minds from the world of academia. This new partnership between the City Council and the three Universities is called Engineering Supply Chain Solutions. Local companies will receive both mentoring and innovation support, allowing them to accelerate growth in an environment of partnership and collaboration. This project is supported by the Government's Regional Growth Fund.

Consultants Turner and Townsend, acting as construction project managers on the Council's behalf, have carefully overseen the procurement of contractors through a design competition - the brief being to develop an iconic building which has personality and presence. The result of this is the appointment of local contractor G F Tomlinson to deliver the scheme, at a total value of £11.8million. The Innovation Centre is set to open in spring 2015 with construction on site in spring next year.

The Innovation Centre will be a landmark building demonstrating the region's position as the UK centre for transport engineering. Including both office and workshop space, it will target companies hoping to break into, or expand their role in, the supply chains of large aerospace, rail and automotive companies in the Derby area. The Innovation Centre will be an essential catalyst for the development and growth of the wider business park (Infinity Park Derby) and ultimately the creation of well-paid, highly skilled jobs for the people of Derby and the surrounding region.

Andy Sewards, director at G F Tomlinson, said: "The Innovation Centre will be a truly pioneering new building. We are delighted to have been entrusted to deliver such a prestigious project which will be a flagship development at the heart of such an important business park - boosting industry and the economy locally.

"The design, with its curvilinear nature, embraces the characteristics of transport engineering using high quality metal cladding that reflects the materials traditionally used in the industry. This will be a truly iconic building to boost the area's reputation even further as a centre of excellence in transport engineering."

Councillor Paul Bayliss, Leader of Derby City Council, said: "We are delighted to have appointed G F Tomlinson, a local firm, to build this Innovation Centre for us. This project represents a significant milestone in our attempts to strengthen the supply chains of transport engineering companies. We are excited by the design for the centre and hope this building will become a flagship development that represents the innovation and creativity inherent in local companies operating in these sectors."

John Coyne, Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby said: "Our partnership with Derby City Council, Aston and Cranfield Universities - called Engineering Supply Chain Solutions - has been created to support companies in their growth plans and to put them in touch with academics and best practice from around the world. This building will be the perfect base from which to offer these services."

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