Lincolnshire has a proud heritage in engineering developments and is home to some of the countries most respected companies. So it is exceptionally exciting that plans are afoot to develop a cutting edge technology centre focussed on advanced engineering research and development.
Recent discussions involving key opinion-makers from the Greater Lincolnshire engineering community and senior leaders from the University of Lincoln have crystallised the concepts and resulted in a ‘position paper’ outlining how the Centre might be taken from concept to reality.
The Bridge, which will be both a physical space and a consortium of like-minded individuals, will represent a bridge in many senses of the word:
a bridge between industrial partners and each other, as well as a bridge between those companies and the University of Lincoln, to allow the engineering sector to access academic expertise.
an entity to enable industries to bridge the gap between blue skies research and innovative ideas, and the proof of concept level prototypes needed to move to product development
an organisation to bridge the knowledge gap that can exist preventing new material development, or that can exist within a workforce.
There is a considerable groundswell of support around the concept of The Bridge, particularly Greater Lincolnshire’s SME community can be helped to increase their R and D base. The next steps is to source funding to get the project off the ground.
Watch this space!
Andy GillAndy Gill
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