GKN Aerospace’s new £32m Global Technology Centre (GTC) in Filton, Bristol, provides a high-quality research centre which will focus on and support the development of sustainable aerospace technology.
The GTC was first announced in December 2018 alongside the government’s Aerospace Sector Deal. The Centre will focus on 3D printing, advanced composites, automated assembly, and industry 4.0 processes, and will also serve as a base for GKN Aerospace’s technology partnership in the Airbus ”Wing of Tomorrow” technology programme.
GKN Aerospace has secured more than 25 collaboration partners for the new Centre, which will house 300 engineers when operating at full capacity and will produce ‘next-generation technology’ which will be used to create more sustainable aircraft.
Faithful+Gould was appointed by GKN Aerospace to provide project management, cost consultant and technical advisor services. Following exploration of the best way forward, GKN Aerospace decided to lease a bespoke 10,872 square metre developer-led building at the Horizon 38 location.
We guided them through negotiation of the lease agreement, setting out the basis on which the development would be delivered.
The building was handed over to the company by the site development team in May 2020, following the team’s successful management of the project during the first Covid-19 lockdown.
We have continued to support GKN Aerospace with the office and workshop/research area fit-outs, completing in November 2020 and June 2021 respectively with an opening of the centre planned for early July. Post-pandemic, the new spaces, which are designed for flexibility and future-proofing, will enable co-location of GKN Aerospace’s engineers and specialists from other discrete sites, encouraging collaboration and serving to attract next generation talent.