Engineering laboratory handover marks new era of research and development at TWI


It has taken just 54 weeks to reach the completion phase in the construction of the first of three buildings in a £43 million site expansion project at TWI in Cambridge. This week saw the handover of the new large-scale engineering and test facility to TWI as Francis Shiner, Managing Director of local construction company SDC met with Chief Executive Christoph Wiesner to complete the official paperwork.


Work has already begun to transfer staff and equipment into the new building, which will be home to TWI’s engineering, test, and welder training operations. The building, with four overhead cranes, provides laboratory space of 6400 square metres and will allow the company to extend research and development activities for its Industrial Member companies with a greater and more advanced range of equipment and increased capacity for large-scale testing.

TWI is adding three new buildings to its existing facilities at Granta Park. Enabled through UK Regional Growth Funding, support from the Higher Education Funding Council for England and driven by a TWI-led initiative to link academic excellence with industry research, a key feature of the expansion project will be the National Structural Integrity Research Centre. This hub of postgraduate education will welcome 530 students in its first ten years of operation, while providing a major boost to high-level engineering and testing expertise.

All buildings in the site expansion project will be signed over to TWI by March 2015.

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About TWI

TWI is one of the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisations, with expertise in solving problems in all aspects of manufacturing, fabrication and whole-life integrity management technologies. Established at Abington, Cambridge, UK in 1946 and with facilities across the globe, the company has a first-class reputation for service through its teams of internationally respected consultants, scientists, engineers and support staff. The company employs nearly 900 staff, serving 700 Member companies across 4500 sites in 80 countries. TWI also houses a professional institution, The Welding Institute, with a separate membership of over 6000 individuals


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TWI is a world leading research and technology organisation with a focus on materials, engineering and manufacturing.