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£4.7 million for new aerospace centre at Filton

The Bristol Aero Collection Trust has been awarded £4.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to build a new aerospace centre at Filton Airfield. As well as being used as a museum, the centre will also provide a permanent home for Concorde 216 - the last plane of its kind to be assembled at the Filton site.

Concorde 216 arrives back at Filton after its last flight, 2003. Credit: PA

Prince Charles opens engineering festival in Stroud

Prince Charles samples a milkshake - part of a competition sponsored by Dairy Crest to interest local schoolchildren in creating new products Credit: ITV News
The Prince meets local schoolchildren at the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering Credit: ITV News

The Prince of Wales has been out and about in his home county of Gloucestershire.

He met schoolchildren, business reps and organisers before opening Festomane, The Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering. It was founded in 2012 to promote Stroud's heritage and showcase local employment and training in the sector.

Prince Charles takes a close look at a school engineering project Credit: ITV News

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Robotic hand pioneer wins international prize

Joel Gibbard holds hands with his robotic creation Credit: ITV News

Robotic hand creator Joel Gibbard from Bristol has won second place and a $200,000 prize in an international competition.

Joel, who studied at Plymouth University, has been able to print a prosthetic hand using a 3D printer. He hopes the technique will make prosthetics more affordable.

He had to pitch his idea to a panel of judges at Intel's Make it Wearable challenge.

It has been an awesome experience learning from business experts and the other teams. We're far more customer-focused now and the result is going to be a prosthetic that is perfectly suited to the needs of amputees. With the money we've now won we can complete the development of this device and get these hands on amputees.

– Joel Gibbard, Open Bionics

You can find out more about Joel and his robotic hand here.

Business Secretary backs high tech firms in Bristol

Vince Cable meets Leah Rider, who's just started on the graduate scheme at the National Composites Centre Credit: ITV News

The Business Secretary Vince Cable is on a visit to Bristol in which he is calling in at some of the most cutting edge firms in the region.

His first stop was to open a £28 million extension to the National Composites Centre at the Bristol and Bath Science Park. It conducts research into materials that can be used in industries including aerospace, motorsport, marine and satellite.

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New Airbus A320 takes to the skies

A new fuel efficient version of the A320 Airbus took off for the first time today at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. The aircraft features an all new wing which was designed at Filton in South Gloucestershire.

The project brought together around 200 experts responsible for design and development of the wings which have undergone extensive redesign to accommodate the new engines.

The A320neo incorporates new generation engines and Sharklets (large wing tip devices) plus numerous other innovations across the aircraft including an all-new wing. The A320neo will deliver a 15% fuel burn savings from day one in 2015 and this will increase to 20% by 2020.

Airbus workers watch the take off of the A320neo Credit: Airbus

Today's takeoff was watched on big screens by employees at Filton who have worked on the design of the wings and integration of the fuel and landing gear systems.

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Cliff railway wins engineering award

A photo of the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway dating from 1931 Credit: PA

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.

Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.

The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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