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Royal opening for Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus

Published: 16 September 2015

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal officially opened the University of Southampton’s Boldrewood Innovation Campus on Thursday 17 September.

Combining the world-class expertise of the University of Southampton and Lloyd’s Register, the £140m Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus is the UK’s largest University-business partnership.

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.

HRH The Princess Royal in the towing tank

Situated next to the city’s main access road from the M3 motorway, the campus is home to the University’s Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute and also Lloyd’s Register’s Global Technology Centre. When fully completed, the state-of-the-art campus will host world-class research infrastructure including an anechoic wind chamber, advanced fluid dynamics experimental facilities, which will be used across a range of disciplines including civil engineering and aerospace, and a 138-metre towing tank that will provide detailed research on new maritime technologies. 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.

Demonstrating UAV control vans to HRH

Together, the University and Lloyd’s Register aim to stimulate innovation, create new business and bring jobs and opportunities to the local economy and establish Southampton and the wider South Coast as a magnet for inward investment from the UK and around the world.

Professor Don Nutbeam, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton, said: “This new campus will enable us to build on our world-leading research and enterprise activities and enhance our capacity to make major advances and innovation.

“Our proven track-record includes working in partnership with the RNLI to help maintain its fleet, collaborating with Lloyd’s Register and other industrial partners to make ships more environmentally friendly and developing autonomous vehicles and systems to explore our oceans and revolutionise aircraft design, all of which can provide British businesses with innovative technologies and help transform the UK economy.”

HRH views pioneering UAV research

Richard Sadler, Chief Executive Officer of Lloyd’s Register, said: “We now have over 400 members of our marine team based at the LR Global Technology Centre on the University of Southampton’s Boldrewood Innovation Campus, putting our practical experts next to the university’s learning and research facilities to stimulate technical innovation. The campus is redefining the relationship between academia and business, providing a fertile environment for unique collaborative projects.”

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