Henry Brothers breaks ground on new research facility at the University of Lincoln
A new research and development facility in Lincoln city centre is one step closer to reality as contractors Henry Brothers begins construction on a specialist hub to facilitate collaboration between local businesses and research experts.
An official ground breaking event for ‘The Bridge’ Advanced Engineering Research and Development facility took place at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus with representatives from the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, Gleeds, Siemens, Dynex and Teledyne e2v in attendance alongside Henry Brothers Midlands, the successful contractors for the build.
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, the new building, due for completion in spring 2022, will act as a centre for collaborative research and development between business and industry partners and the University of Lincoln.
The concept has been co-developed with a working group of industry-based scientists and with engagement from a consortium of more than 20 companies in the region, including Siemens, Dynex, Micrometric and Teledyne e2v.
Ian Taylor, Managing Director of Henry Brothers Midlands, said: “Henry Brothers has wide experience of partnering with universities in the East Midlands, helping them to enhance their facilities for students, staff and the wider community, and we are looking forward to working with the University of Lincoln on this project to create the new Bridge Advanced Engineering Research and Development building.
“We are very pleased to have been appointed on our first contract at the University of Lincoln to build this superb new facility at the University’s Brayford Pool campus, alongside Lincoln Science and Innovation Park.”
The building will house £1.2 million worth of equipment in specialist laboratories including advanced electron and atomic force microscopes, as well as surface analysis and thermo-mechanical instrumentation.