CWA secures contract for new university low carbon research centre
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Birmingham civil and structural engineering consultancy CWA has been appointed to a major new project at Coventry University.
The consultancy will deliver the civil and structural engineering work for the new multi-million futuristic low carbon technology centre at the university’s Technology Park.
The centre, next to the university’s recently- launched £7m National Transport Design Centre, will spearhead research into advanced powertrains for the clean and green cars of the future.
The new facility – led by Coventry University and German-based international engineering service provider FEV – will allow leading international names in the automotive and aerospace industries to test and improve performance and emissions on a range of different powertrain concepts, including hybrid, electric, conventional and alternative fuel propulsion systems.
The university and FEV will work together on research and development projects into advanced powertrain development. The centre will initially have the capacity for four purpose-built engine test beds, with the option to extend to eight. The centre will also support the development of an industry-led PhD programme.
CWA director Jim O’Donnell said the cutting-edge centre would be a major new contribution to the university’s existing technology park, creating a cluster of transport-related research and development facilities.
“We are excited to be involved in this important project which will include some world-leading features. We were involved in the civil engineering work for the National Transport Design Centre at the university, and together these projects will make a significant contribution to the local economy while supporting the motor industry, research and education, and the development of engineering talent,” he said.
CWA has almost doubled in size in the last two years, and now employs more than 40 staff. Major clients include IM Properties, Seddon, Seven Capital, Prologis, Places for People, Court Collaboration and Cinnamon Care Capital.