Getting Building Fund Projects

£7.7m allocated to Bucks to Get Building

Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership is 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 four keys projects to support economic growth in Buckinghamshire.

The four projects to benefit from this funding, which were approved by the Bucks LEP Board on July 17, are:

  • The Westcott Disruptive Innovative Space Centre (£2m funding),
  • National Film & TV School site expansion (£2.99m funding)
  • Centre for Artificial Intelligence and iHub Incubation and Innovation at the University of Buckingham (£2m funding), and
  • The Rural Broadband Programme – Remote Access Rapid Expansion (£710k funding).

Buckinghamshire LEP Getting Building Funding summary

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.

Lord David Puttnam, the President of the National Film and TV School (NFTS), welcomed the investment which will help secure its long-term growth ambitions at its Beaconsfield site, said: “This investment will be essential in helping the world leading National Film and TV School grow and support the next generation of iconic film-makers and creative talent.

“The NFTS is one of our genuinely world-class creative sector organisations, and the proposed expansion will ensure it continues to provide an unrivalled film education to students from all around the world, and enhance the U.K.’s reputation for filmmaking from our Buckinghamshire headquarters.”

A summary of the individual projects being supported through the Getting Building Fund is listed below.

Project summaries and progress updates:

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.

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.

As one of the world’s leading film schools, The National Film & TV School are looking to carry out a major expansion of their site in Beaconsfield.

Bucks LEP Board approved in July 2020, the £2,99m Getting Building Fund grant for this scheme with delivery by March 2022.

This project aims to accelerate the delivery of the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Innovation and Incubation Hub to address the gap in the academic application and ethical research into the use and application of AI. The iHub will provide shared digital innovation and incubation space for businesses and start-ups breaking into digital technology, living lab and AI industry.

Bucks LEP Board approved in July 2020, the £2m Getting Building Fund grant for this scheme with delivery by March 2022.

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.

Bucks LEP Board approved in July 2020, the £710k Getting Building Fund grant for this scheme with delivery by March 2022.