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Innovation Schemes

Innovation Schemes

Bristol Institute of Technology and Robotics Laboratory a £21.5m project with £4.5m from the LGF (alongside £4m for University Enterprise Zone)
Project completion update
Providing essential start-up and grow-on space for technology and knowledge-based businesses in robotics and autonomous systems, bio-sensing and bio-technology, bio-medical and related high tech fields.  The Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the University Enterprise Zone Innovation and Incubation Centre (BRL UEZ) project was delivered and opened on time in August 2016.

Health Technology Hub a £4.7m project with £1.3m from the LGF
Refurbishment and fit out of 900m    facility on the University of West of England Frenchay Campus to create a Health Technology Hub (HTH) as a national Centre of Excellence in health technologies, relating to independent living and home-based diagnostics.

Composite bridge construction a £6.5m project with £5m from the LGF
This project draws on the expertise of the National Composites Centre in developing an advanced 'composite' footbridge structure on the A4174 ring road at Bromley Heath, part of South Gloucestershire's cycle routes linking the Filton and Emerson's Green Enterprise Areas and Bristol Parkway Station. The intention is that the design of this composite footbridge structure can be developed as a new practical structure, which could be used efficiently and economically in a variety of locations, dramatically changing the way footbridges are designed.

Superfast Broadband Extension Programme (SGC) a £5.6m project with £1.3m from the LGF
Building on Phase 1 Rural Broadband programme to further extend the superfast broadband coverage across South Gloucestershire. This involves provision of open access ducting to support the roll out of Superfast Broadband across the South Gloucestershire area.

Open Programmable City Region, OPCR a £3.34m project funded from the LGF
An expansion of the test bed to provide fibre network connectivity to the wider area and enable research and development projects to utilise the platform.

Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations Media Bank Centre with £147k from the LGF
Creation of a media bank to support the work of the Bristol & Bath Cultural Destinations Project, enabling members to deposit and withdraw audio and visual material to create new content for a wide variety of marketing, promotional and presentational purposes. These activities will promote the West of England LEP region and provide information to visitors and tourists – both business and leisure.

Bristol Virtual Reality Lab a £295k project funded from the LGF
A new facility for the development of skills, content and applications in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) – establishing a new West of England innovation cluster around emerging immersive technologies.

NTProStruct a £8.03m project with £3.858m funded from the LGF
Purchase of capital equipment at the National Composites Centre to develop advanced manufacturing technologies for major components used in aerospace, automotive and other sectors. 

FoodWorksSW a £13.8m project with £11.8m funded from the LGF
First phase development of a Food and Drink Technology Centre at J21 Enterprise Area, to offer end-to-end product development and testing service to food and drink producers, including incubation space for start-ups and growing businesses.

Aerospace Bristol (formerly known as Bristol Aerospace Centre) a £17m project with £1.7m from the LGF 
Project completion update
Development of a 9 acre site on Filton Airfield, North Bristol involving the restoration and repurposing of two WW1 Grade II listed hangars providing over 5,000 m² of accommodation for an aerospace industrial heritage museum and learning centre. A new building with be erected between the two hangars to house Concorde and related exhibits, including a viewing gallery. Its floorspace will be around 3,200m², and will include a technology learning centre, conference facilities and a lecture room. 
The development was completed in October 2017.

Development will be delivered summer 2017.

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