An Advanced Engineering Centre is to be created on the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus.
The centre will provide cutting-edge facilities for mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineering to educate the next generation of professional engineers.
Backed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which is contributing £5m funding towards the project, the Advanced Engineering Centre is integral to the university’s £150m redevelopment scheme for its Moulsecoomb campus.
The development also includes Preston Barracks, a partnership scheme between the university and Brighton and Hove City Council.
The centre will be established in partnership with Shoreham-based Ricardo, world leaders in technical and environmental consultancy and specialising in the development of low carbon vehicle technology.
Joint collaborative projects between Ricardo and the university include the search for the near-zero emissions internal combustion engine.
Focusing on the advanced automotive engineering already achieved by both the UK and the south east region, the centre's partner will build on this competitive advantage. It will support the design and development of low-carbon internal combustion systems, as well as advancing technological knowledge and supporting higher skill levels in advanced engineering.
The centre will expand university undergraduate and postgraduate student places in engineering and related subject areas.
Including new and refurbished accommodation, the centre will also house facilities for high tech, design-led manufacturing which will also support other companies in the region.