News Balfour Wins £80m National Car Innovation Centre

Balfour Beatty has been awarded an £80m contract to construct the National Automotive Innovation Centre in Coventry for the University of Warwick.

Work starts this spring on the 340,000 sq ft development on the existing main campus of the University of Warwick site.

It will involve building a four-storey ‘L’ shaped building, with Balfour’s engineering services arm delivering significant mechanical and electrical installation works.

At the height of construction around 750 people will work on the project.

The NAIC is being built to bring a fresh national focus for expertise in automotive research and will bring together under one roof over 1,000 technologists, academics, designers, students and engineers.

The total investment in NAIC and the initial technologies it will house by will be £150m.

The facility will also help to address the current shortage of skilled research and development staff in the automotive supply chain and foster collaboration to develop and utilise new breakthrough vehicle technology.

The NAIC is being funded through a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, WMG and the Government’s UK Research Partnership Investment Fund.

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