The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), at the University of Warwick , will become the driving force behind the future of the UK’s automotive sector.
It will be the largest automotive research and development facility in Europe and is a long term partnership between Jaguar Land Rover , Tata and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).
The building will allow the UK to lead the global motor industry as the conversion to electric power gathers pace.
It will create 1,000 new direct jobs, help underpin 3,000 supply chain roles and train the talent required to meet the demands of emerging technologies.
Ahead of its completion, in summer 2018, the Telegraph was invited to take a look around the under construction site as the external grounds were finished off.
What will the centre do?
The National Automotive Innovation Centre will be a state of the art centre of excellence and innovation for the automotive centre.
It will house approximately 1,000 scientists, engineers, academics, technicians and support staff working on the automotive technology of the future.
It will focus on electric vehicles, including energy storage and e-drives; carbon reduction, including hybrids, weight reduction and composites; and smart connected vehicles, including on-vehicle competence, driver assist, and cyber security.
Who is paying for it?
A total of £150m is being invested in the National Automotive Innovation Centre building by the partners involved in the project – WMG, Tata and Jaguar Land Rover.
The government has also provided £15million of funding to support the capital project.
It was designed by Cullinan Studio and is being constructed by Balfour Beatty.
It will be the biggest building on the university’s campus and will occupy 33,000m2 next to WMG’s current facilities on the University of Warwick campus.
What Jaguar Land Rover, Tata and WMG say
Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover’s chief executive, said: “NAIC will play an important role in shaping future mobility.
“The finest minds of academia, suppliers and OEMs will work together to define our vision of ‘destination zero’ – zero emissions, accidents and congestions.
“It will create new opportunities out of the forthcoming technology change from the Internal Combustion Engine to smart mobility with autonomous, connected and electrified vehicles.”