This month saw the end of the build stage for a major government-supported programme
to develop international research and technology organisation TWI's existing UK
headquarters at Granta Park, Cambridge, to accommodate its growth in business.
Just sixteen months after work commenced, SDC Construction Group has handed over
the final building in the suite of three new purpose-built research and development
laboratories for TWI at Granta Park, Cambridge. The building, pictured right, includes
a base for the company's training operations and the headquarters
of TWI’s professional arm
The Welding Institute.
The £60 million site build has been enabled through UK Regional Growth Funding and
with the backing of South Cambridgeshire District Council. The new facilities have
been equipped with state-of-the-art machinery through support from the Higher Education
Funding Council for England.
A key feature of the project has been the National Structural Integrity Research
Centre, a hub for postgraduate education integrated within TWI, which will welcome
over 530 students in the next ten years, involving them in industry-relevant project
work. TWI currently carries out around 750 R&D and innovation projects each year
to benefit its international base of Industrial Member companies.
Department moves from older facilities on the site are well underway, filling the
new areas with equipment, people and activity along ‘the street’– a spacious walkway
connecting with the existing TWI main building (est. 2003). Work continues to restore
the immediate parkland around Abington Hall, putting environmental impact first,
and on completing a sunken car park for visitors and staff. All landscaping will
be completed by midsummer and TWI will host an official opening in the autumn.
Recognising the contributions of UK government bodies and leading members of South
Cambridgeshire District Council, Chief Executive Christoph Wiesner thanked the design
and build teams and those that have played a key role in the inception and realisation
of the project, including commercial property entrepreneur Ian Laing, along with
Eric Parry Architects, AECOM, SDC Construction Group, and Glanville Engineering
Consultants. Dr Wiesner also acknowledged the work of the TWI team including Finance
Director Gillian Leech, Build Programme Manager Colin Walters and his colleagues
Chris Roach and Rajesh Patel.
For more information, please
TWI Training & Examination Services, TWI Ltd, Granta Park, Great Abington,
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