Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems

  • Location

    Bristol

  • Client

    University of Bath

  • Value

    £60m

  • Completion

    2020

  • Size

    13,500sqm

A global centre of excellence for the evolution of ultra-low emission vehicles

The Institute for Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) will be a global centre of excellence, delivering transformational research and innovation into low carbon technologies.

Located at the Bristol and Bath Science Park, IAAPS will lead the development of ultra-low emission vehicles and will attract new businesses to the region, generating economic growth.

Specialist facilities will make IAAPS a centre for training and skills development in automotive engineering, supporting new Apprenticeships, Honours Degrees, Masters and Doctoral courses. This will help to address the engineering skills shortage facing the UK automotive sector.

IAAPS will also support the development of a much larger and more competitive automotive business cluster in the South West by providing access to its state-of-the art facilities for regional start-ups and small to medium-sized companies.

The project is part-funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (£28.9m) and the recently formed West of England Joint Authority’s Local Growth Fund (£10m).

The University of Bath propulsion research team enjoys the support of commercial partners, including MacLaren, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover.

The building incorporates the very latest test facilities which will be provided by AVL. Stride Treglown have partnered with DKA Architects in order to realise this ambitious project.

We are really pleased to have been able to appoint architects with the relevant experience who will help us realise our ambition and design a facility that will help ensure the UK not only maintains, but expands its global position within the automotive sector.

Professor Steve Egan, Vice-President (Implementation) at the University of Bath