Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership was delighted with the approval, by the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, of the allocation of £7.7m of the Governments Getting Building Fund to keys project to support economic growth in Buckinghamshire.
The four initial projects to benefit from this funding, which were approved by the Bucks LEP Board on July 17, were:
The Westcott Disruptive Innovative Space Centre,
The Rural Broadband Programme,
National Film & TV School site expansion, and
Centre for Artificial Intelligence and iHub Incubation and Innovation at the University of Buckingham.
“Our most innovative industries will benefit from the government’s investment in Buckinghamshire as part of the plan to help get Britain building. This will strengthen the county’s connectivity and creativity, help drive the local economy and support jobs.” Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Caroline Dinenage MP.
A summary of the individual projects being supported through the Getting Building Fund is listed below.
Satellite Applications Catapult have developed an exciting proposition as the initial phase of the Disruptive Innovative Space Centre (DISC) facility at Westcott, a fundamental part of building the critical core of the future UK Space Industry.
DISC artist impression
The proposal is delivering a new building providing 2,387sqm space and facilities that will be delivered by March 2022. Bucks LEP Board approved in July 2020, the £2m Getting Building Fund grant for this scheme.
Satellite Applications Catapult and site owners Patricia, are making good progress with the new building due to start in June this year. The completed scheme will expand specialist facilities at Westcott, including a Metal Additive Manufacturing facility, vacuum test chamber and clean rooms for satellite assembly and testing.
DISC proposed front elevation
The Satellite Applications Catapult is pleased to announce the first ever acquisition of an additive manufacturing system for the benefit of the UK Space Sector. The new MetalFAB1 has been acquired as part of an investment from the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, through the Getting Building Fund, and will be installed at the Satellite Applications Catapult’s Disruptive Innovation for Space Centre (DISC) at Westcott Venture Park where it will be available for UK companies to use from July 2021.
To view a video showing the MetalFab1 Additive Manufacturing System in operation, click here
This project aims to deliver advanced fibre broadband to hard to reach communities in Buckinghamshire and supporting community collaboration in the development of rural fibre networks.
Working with Buckinghamshire Council, BDUK and service providers, Bucks LEP investment of £710k to support the national gigabit voucher scheme, has received an overwhelming response and exceeded expectations with plans now approved to provide direct fibre connections to over 2,000 premises in Buckinghamshire, including over 430 businesses.
Bucks LEP Board approved in July 2020, the £710k Getting Building Fund grant for this scheme with delivery by March 2022.