BY LUCAS ARNOLD
Brunel University will soon find out whether it will be granted permission to start plans to add a new £15 million building to its Science Park.
The University submitted plans to Hillingdon Council earlier this month outlining the new build and the Major Planning Committee has recommended that the plans be approved, subject to a Section 106 agreement.
Brunel has confirmed that the building would form part of its Centre for Advanced Solidification (BCAST), replacing an area which is currently used a campus car park.
The new building will be used to continue BCAST’s work in being the leading international researchers in metal liquid engineering.
Despite losing 66 parking spaces, Brunel’s Deputy Director of Materials and Manufacturing, Ian Stone, remains optimistic for the plans,
Mr Stone said, “With this building it will be really exciting what technology we will be able to achieve.”
He spoke about the overall objectives for the build, stressing that it will allow the department to develop strategies with their existing partners.
He said, “It will all be about upscaling technologies, getting exciting products straight to market, and that fortunately will include the use of a 3D printers.”
Pending the 106 agreement, which will see the building’s use restricted only to scientific research with a view to production, Mr Stone confirmed that the build could be completed by early 2017.
Cllr Janet Duncan of Hillingdon Council shared Mr Stones enthusiasiasm:
“It is both encouraging and exciting that Brunel University should have such a building on their campus. Who knows what may be discovered in this new building, perhaps something really momentous.”
The Section 106 agreement has a deadline of July this year but Head of the Major Planning Committee, Cllr Edward Lavery, hinted that the agreement will not be a problem.
Cllr Lavery stated:
“The Committee were more than pleased to approve the application for the University, we believe the new build will help Brunel maintain its position as a leading centre for research.”
If approved, the plans will mark the first new build at the University since the Eastern Gateway Building that was erected in 2012.