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Morgan Ashurst named contractor for £130m technology centre

Morgan Ashurst has been appointed lead contractor for the £130 million Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry, responsible for the initial £15 million building project.

The MTC will be the second key development at Ansty Park, a technology and research park which provides 1.5 million square feet of space, destined to be a new home for science, technology and innovation in the UK.

The MTC project is being jointly funded by Advantage West Midlands and East Midlands Development Agency and represents one of the largest public sector investments in manufacturing for many years, with AWM and emda funding the initial £40 million building and research equipment costs.

A further £90 million public and private sector revenue funding is planned over the next 10 years.

It will be housed in a 12,000 square metre purpose-built facility at Ansty Park in Coventry which has been specifically developed with research and technology occupiers in mind.

The wider 100-acre site represents a £300 million investment to generate some 5,000 jobs, with the MTC alone providing up to 150 highly skilled jobs.

The MTC has been established and is run by the founding research partners which include the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham, Loughborough University and TWI Ltd, the operating division of The Welding Institute.

It will allow the researchers to demonstrate new processes to would-be manufacturers in an industrial setting, showing them new processes in action before they take the major financial risk of putting them into practice.

Major companies signed up to the MTC project to date are Rolls-Royce, Aero Engine Controls and Airbus in the UK and they will be undertaking significant research and development manufacturing projects at this world-class facility.

Peter Flinn, interim director of the MTC, said: “We took a long, hard look at six construction firms, whittled down from twenty-one, who expressed initial interest. We believe that Morgan Ashurst is best placed to deliver us a 21st century facility for developing 21st century technology.”