Great British Nuclear expresses interest in buying tech campus

Credit: Bruton Knowles

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) has put its Gloucestershire Science & Technology Park on the market and the Government’s  Great British Nuclear organisation is understood to have expressed interest.

“We know that the site needs money put into it for development so the only option we have is to sell the land,” said Kevin Hamblin, CEO of SGS.

Gloucestershire Science & Technology Park was set up in 2016 when the SGS Group purchased the redundant Berkeley site for £3m from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

The University Technical College (UTC), which sits on the site, is an initiative to focus on technical education for students between 14-18 years old.

About 400 students are now studying at the UTC which will not be part of the sale.

Hamblin said: “I believe the value of our site is in the possible siting of the small modular reactor project (SMR) and the industries associated with that development.

“I am really excited by the prospect of the SMRs coming to Gloucestershire – it would be great for the economy of our county and local jobs.”

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