Client: The University of Liverpool
Construction Impact Framework (CIF) supply partner John Turner Construction Group has been formally appointed as the principal contractor on a £6 million new-build project by the University of Liverpool.
The project will establish a Digital Innovation Factory (DIF) within the University of Liverpool’s City Centre Campus. It will be a Centre of Excellence in simulation and virtual reality, bringing together complementary areas of research of computer science, robotics, and engineering in which the University has world-class capabilities and enabling engagement with businesses to promote innovation.
It will involve construction of a new 1,530 sq. m facility that will enable collaborative Research & Development and the ability to foster and grow businesses, linked to the exploitation of Digital Technologies. The DIF will focus on three particular priority sectors where the Liverpool City Region has competitive advantage, namely advanced manufacturing and engineering, low carbon energy, and digital industries, as well as other significant growth sectors including health.
Through collaboration between business and academia, the DIF is forecast to create approximately 400 jobs over a ten-year period, while boosting the city region economy by £44.5 million.
Professor Ken Badcock, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Science and Engineering at the University of Liverpool, said: “The new Digital Innovation Factory is a really exciting venture, combining our world-class strengths in computer science, robotics and engineering with state-of-the-art facilities. It will enable us to work even more closely with local industry in sectors where the city region has competitive advantage to increase the commercialisation of research and development activity.
“This is fundamental to economic prosperity and we know that this facility will have a significant positive impact on the city region.”
The Digital Innovation Factory will a key addition to the science and technology facilities in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, and an integral part of ambitious plans to deliver new workspace and lab developments as Liverpool consolidates its position as a world class innovation district.
John Turner Construction Group were appointed as principal contractor following the conclusion of a mini-competition between CIF’s ‘General Construction’ supply partners. Works are due to commence shortly, with practical completion expected to be achieved in November 2020.
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