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£36m Southampton engineering building proposals to boost job creation

Published: Wednesday, 05 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Proposals for a multi-million pound development at the University of Southampton could create dozens of new roles, should council planners give it their approval.

A new £36 million engineering building featuring teaching and research space would provide a massive boost for the Hampshire university.

It could potentially host facilities capable of driving widespread advances in transport and infrastructure, as well as creating jobs during both its construction and operation.

This should provide boosts for businesses in the region, giving them greater access to the skills and developments available at the research-heavy institution.

The funding for the project comes from the Government, who recently unveiled plans to pump £138 million into infrastructure research facilities across the UK.

Located on the Boldrewood Campus, the proposed four-storey development replaced previous plans for two separate buildings that already have outline planning permission granted.

The development will house the National Infrastructure Laboratory which will feature high-tech equipment for use on improving large structures and their components.

This should potentially drive advancements in engineering relating to road and rail infrastructure, as well as developments in the maritime sector.

Focuses on how climate change is impacting upon building procedures will be one aspect of study, while efforts will also be made to find more cost-effective means of infrastructure development.

Work on the site could begin immediately if planning permission is granted, meaning the site could open as early as 2017.

Professor William Powrie, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, explained that the building would enhance existing facilities which are currently based on the university’s main Highfield Campus.

“The addition of the new building will make this a flagship campus for the university and for the region in terms of its capacity to make major advances at national and international levels in engineering projects aligned to areas of infrastructure and rail transport,” he said.

Professor Powrie added that new jobs would be likely in due course as developments in engineering become more developed.

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