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Bath appoint architects for £60m automotive research site

Stride Treglown and DKA have been selected as the architects to design the University of Bath's Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | December 16, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) will be a global centre of excellence, delivering transformational research and innovation into advanced propulsion systems.

Located at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, IAAPS will lead the development of future generations of ultra-low emission vehicles and attract sector-related businesses to the region, generating economic growth.

Stride Treglown is lead consultant, designing the overall building envelope, office spaces and site-wide development. Bath-based DKA will apply specialist automotive expertise to develop and coordinate the design of the complex testing facilities. 

Planning consent will be submitted in early 2018 with IAAPS scheduled to open in early 2020. Project Lead and Vice President (Implementation) at the University of Bath, Professor Steve Egan, said: “IAAPS will enable the University to build upon its 40 years of automotive research excellence in collaboration with some of the world’s leading companies.”

IAAPS will enable the University to build upon its 40 years of automotive research excellence in collaboration with some of the world’s leading companies

The Institute will exploit the engineering expertise of the University of Bath for the benefit of the UK’s automotive industry. IAAPS will stimulate over £67m in additional automotive research investment by 2025, creating an additional turnover of £800 million for the UK automotive sector and supporting nearly 1,900 new highly productive jobs.

Specialist facilities will make IAAPS a centre of excellence for training and skills development in automotive engineering, supporting new Apprenticeships, Honours Degrees, Masters and Doctoral courses, helping to address the engineering skills shortage facing the UK automotive sector.

IAAPS will also support the development of a much larger and more competitive automotive business cluster in the South West by providing access to its state-of-the art facilities to regional start-ups and small to medium-sized companies.

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