Huddersfield's 3M BIC to undergo 'significant modifications' for installation of new technology
The 3M Buckley Innovation Centre (3M BIC) is set to to undergo a series of significant building works, as part of the Huddersfield Innovation and Incubation Project (HIIP).
HIIP has been funded through a £2.9m grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1bn package of government investment to accelerate growth and create jobs across Leeds City Region.
The HIIP will see significant investment in equipment and facilities at the 3M BIC in Huddersfield.
Illingworth and Gregory Ltd (I&G), based in Huddersfield, won a tender to implement these changes to the 3M BIC. I&G will work alongside Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) wich is providing architectural services.
Work is scheduled to commence at the beginning of February and will include adjustments to internal and external doors to accommodate large equipment, fittings for gas and water in numerous rooms, and building internal walls.
Through the HIIP, businesses will have access to state-of-the-art technology at the 3M BIC to aid growth.
Facilities will include, a self-serve digital “space” equipped with a range of 3D printers, virtual reality, 4K videography; a fully supported metal additive manufacturing (AM) centre of excellence; an imaging suite equipped with optical, laser and electron microscopy equipment; metrology grade X-Ray CT; a visualisation suite for product design, animation, and business data analytics and High Performance Computing, plus a fully equipped software training suite.
Michael Wilson, centre manager and HIIP Director at the 3M BIC, said: “Significant modifications to the centre have to be made to house the new facilities we are investing in as part of the HIIP.
“Some of the technology is quite big or require temperature-controlled environments and gas and water supplies, so we’re having to widen doors and build specific internal spaces to accommodate them. It’s all hands-on deck to get the work complete before Spring.”
Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), added: “This is an exciting time for the team at the Huddersfield Innovation and Incubation Project as well as local businesses and entrepreneurs who will have access to world-class, industry leading facilities within months.
“Leeds City Region has a growing reputation for innovation and invention, and Kirklees companies, particularly those in the precision engineering, manufacturing and digital sectors, are playing a significant role in driving innovation-led growth.
“Services such as these – alongside the LEP’s own Access Innovation programme that provides funding and support for businesses who want to develop new products and process – will ensure this reputation strengthens even further in the years to come.”