University of Southampton, Experimentation facilities in engineering science

Experimentation facilities in engineering science

This project will support the timescale for constructing next-generation laboratories for engineering teaching and research at the University of Southampton’s new Boldrewood Engineering Campus. The funding will help to speed-up construction by a decade.

Project summary

The new campus will host facilities in fluid dynamics, structures and geotechnical engineering, underpinned and complemented by advanced computational and data-handling capabilities.

These facilities aim to educate the future generations of engineers needed to develop and grow the UK economy through research collaborations.

The campus will directly target UK competitiveness in sectors that include: maritime and marine, aerospace, rail, offshore, environmental and structural engineering. It will do this by working closely with leading organisations in these sectors, such as Airbus, Lloyds Register, Network Rail, Rolls Royce and Shell, and other companies of all sizes.

The new facilities will expand and enhance the university’s teaching and research activity in engineering over the next decade by between 25 and 40 per cent in real terms. The campus will see a real-terms increase in research grant and contract income of between £5 and £8 million per annum.

Lloyd's Register will provide £22 million in match-funding for the project through a long-term partnership agreement.

Construction of the new campus began in 2010. The first phase will be completed in early 2014. Lloyd’s Register and the university will occupy the first buildings in summer 2014.