The latest round of the Government’s Regional Growth Funding awards will enable TWI and a consortium of leading academic and industrial partners to realise the establishment of the new postgraduate engineering facility at Granta Park. It will train engineers for UK industry and could massively improve UK GDP.
Built in new premises adjacent to TWI’s headquarters, NSIRCTM will be established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI, working closely with lead academic partner Brunel University, alongside the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester. Cambridgeshire commercial builders CD Hood Ltd are always delighted to see development in Cambridgshire.
Network Rail's Technical Director of Asset Management Services, Steve Yianni, said: “Network Rail supports the creation of the Structural Integrity Research Foundation and is currently in discussion with TWI about how it can be involved.“By taking an active role in developing the engineers of the future, a foundation like this can not only give the railway the talent it needs, but also provide the rest of British industry with a stream of well-qualified engineers to drive the country forward.”
The new centre is expected to offer capacity for 200 postgraduate students and will create around 48 new jobs.
MP for South Cambridgeshire, Andrew Lansley said: “Structural integrity is a technology field critical to many sectors of engineering and advanced manufacturing. I applaud TWI in securing this major funding to enable such a remarkable extension to its high-level research into structural integrity and support for specialist skills across the country."