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Project Award: National Automotive Innovation Centre

Key client, Balfour Beatty Construction, has awarded Speedclad the contract for design, supply and installation of the cladding facade, in excess of £2.6 million, on this new centre for world-leading research.

Speedclad had involvement in the evolution of this scheme from a very early stage, assisting Balfour Beatty by developing a unique system, in conjunction with BENCHMARK by Kingspan, for a cost effective facade that met the client's stringent specification while providing a seven-figure saving. Balfour Beatty used a mock-up of the mesh cladding panel produced by Speedclad in its successful bid presentation to the University of Warwick. Speedclad's contract incorporates a Longhi anodised expanded mesh cladding, plus all associated items. Production of the cladding system is set to commence in early 2016, with a start on site for Speedclad in June 2016. At the height of construction, this £85 million project will employ over 750 people and is set for completion in Spring 2017.

The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) will be a single building of 33,000m2 across four levels and is a joint venture between the University of Warwick, WMG, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors, with government funding. The total investment in NAIC and the initial technologies it will house will be £150 million. The building will include teaching, R&D, design and engineering facilities and is designed around a collaborative heart with space for 1000 technologists, designers, academics, engineers and students to work on a range of advanced projects. The NAIC will be a unique resource to develop and utilise new breakthrough vehicle technology. Staff across the automotive supply chain will be able to use state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, including the world's first immersive, simulated environment for smart and connected vehicles in the centre's Virtual Reality zone.

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