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Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Combining the world-class expertise of the University of Southampton and Lloyd’s Register, the £122m Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus is the UK’s largest University-business partnership.

Jo Johnson MP visits UAV Research Labs
Jo Johnson MP visits UAV Research Labs

The Campus will be a world-leading hub for innovation, business and education. It unites the University of Southampton and Lloyd’s Register, who have been collaborating on research projects for over 40 years, in a unique partnership focusing on marine engineering and engineering sciences. The Campus is also home to Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and also Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Centre. Boldrewood Innovation Campus was officially opened in 2015 by HRH The Princess Royal.

Southampton University Driving Simulator
Southampton University Driving Simulator

Our purpose-built buildings feature state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, research and enterprise, including a fluids laboratory, autonomous vehicle research laboratories, Jaguar Land Rover car simulator, performance sport laboratory, a large design studio, and lecture and seminar spaces.

HRH The Princess Royal at Boldrewood Innovation Campus
HRH The Princess Royal at Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Building 185: Experimental hydromechanics facility

This new facility will be home to a unique world-leading fluids research laboratory, to support our teaching, research and enterprise. The work undertaken here will have impact across the maritime, performance sport, autonomous vehicles, marine and coastal sectors. It is still currently in development, with specific facilities becoming fully operational over the next one to two years.

The laboratory will include a 138m towing tank with wave maker and advanced wind tunnels to complement the University’s existing facilities. The towing tank has been built with the most advanced instrumentation including a wave maker, and will be able to be used to investigate the power requirements of high speed vessels, assess safe limits in extreme waves, study marine renewables, examine the fluid-structure interaction of moorings for offshore structures and study the energy efficiency of hull designs.

The aeroacoustic wind tunnel will place the University in a unique position, as the only UK university with facilities suitable for aeroacoustic studies at this scale. The wind tunnel will play a vital role in our research into noise reduction which could be used for research into issues such as noise within aircraft cabins.

A further 12m low high-flow wind tunnel will be used for aerodynamics and environmental research, allowing for studies ranging from road-vehicle aerodynamics to atmospheric boundary layers. Jo Johnson, Minister for Science and Universities, visited the campus and opened the new building on 23 November 2015.


The future: National Infrastructure Laboratory

The facilities will, in due course, be complemented by a new National Infrastructure Laboratory, funded by the Government and industry under the UK Collaboration for Research in Infrastructure & Cities (UKCRIC) programme. The £48m laboratory will house teaching and research facilities for geomechanics, heavy structures and solid mechanics, and infrastructure engineering. They will be used for developing new understandings of the behaviour of large structures and structural components, with an emphasis on the infrastructure, rail and maritime sectors.



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