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Airbus receives £37million to build state-of-the-art centre

What the centre will look like Photo: Airbus

Airbus will receive a £37 million investment to create an advanced testing centre in Bristol.

The state-of-the-art building will open its doors in 2017 and will house around 300 highly skilled engineers who will develop and test aerospace technology.

It's hoped the Wing Intergration Centre, at the Airbus site in Filton, will protect hundreds of jobs.

Chancellor George Osborne attended Airbus in Filton Credit: ITV West Country

It is crucial we take the lead in developing new technology and this facility will help to shape the future of air travel for decades to come.

This joint investment is a further boost to the Airbus site at Filton which is the global leader in design and testing of wings, fuel systems, and landing gear.

– Tom Williams, Airbus Chief Operating Officer

It will be used as an advanced testing centre for large structural components and will enable the development of new and cutting edge ideas.

The project is being funded from the joint industry and government aerospace R&D funding programme, delivered as a partnership between the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK.

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When it comes to aerospace design Britain is the innovator of Europe and I want to see us going even further and becoming the global leader. That is why we are committing £37m for a new cutting edge research facility right here in the heart of the South West.

Not only will the new research centre play home to some of the most exciting innovations in aerospace, for years to come it will also protect hundreds of highly skilled jobs.

– George Osborne, Chancellor

Filton has seen significant investment in new facilities, most recently the £70 million Aerospace Park as well as other ATI-funded research projects into future technologies.

A further £100 million has been invested in facilities to test aircraft systems on the Filton site.