A collaboration to unlock growth – C3D Hub

Tatton Estate and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) are collaborating to create a major new addition to Cheshire’s already outstanding science capabilities.

The Cheshire 3D Print Hub (C3D) will provide grow-on incubation space to accommodate the emerging market in the North West Industrial Digital Technologies Market and supplement MMU’s existing central Manchester Print City® facilities. As such, C3D will help contribute to the global imperative for the UK and the North West is to increase manufacturing to create wealth, jobs and social cohesion.

It’s anticipated that C3D will deliver a c£6m investment in the North West, located on Tatton Estate’s Yarwood Heath farm, which is part of its Cheshire Gateway scheme.  It will comprise some 40,000 sq ft of existing buildings accessed directly from Junction 7 of the M56 and the new Knutsford-Bowdon A556 dual carriageway. C3D will sit at the geographical heart of the UK with fantastic connectivity to all major cities via train, linking Liverpool to Manchester and only 10 minutes from Manchester Airport, connecting C3D to the global community.

It will also become an integral part of Cheshire’s international corridor of science and innovation which has some of the most significant science based assets in the north of England, some of which are of global importance. Its key assets are: Capenhurst Technology Park, Thornton Science Park, Sci-tech Daresbury (in Liverpool City Region LEP area), Birchwood Park’s Nuclear and Forensics Clusters, Alderley Park (Life Sciences), Jodrell Bank and the Square Kilometre Array, the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world. Collectively these form the Cheshire Science Corridor, which has Enterprise Zone status.

The project will enhance research and innovation infrastructure and capacities to develop research and innovation excellence and promote business investment in research and innovation, including for SMEs, contributing to the global competiveness of UK manufacturing and create jobs.

C3D will enable the implementation of advanced digital technologies in design, manufacture (3D printing/additive and advanced manufacturing) and service support.

The long-term ambition of the project is to create an open and inclusive science and technology hub. Tatton Estate will support other science and technology businesses to occupy parts of the site to create critical mass and foster industry collaboration, in line with the opportunities presented with Industry 4.0 whilst supporting jobs and growth within the local economy.

The collaboration between Tatton Estate and Manchester Metropolitan will also form academic partnerships, using research knowledge to drive commercial growth.  SMEs will be supported by postgraduate research projects, with senior academic expertise and could take ideas from concept through to commercialisation. As ideas develop, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships could be exploited to accelerate suitable projects as a route to commercialisation.

It is the intention of Henry Brooks, MD, Tatton Estate and Prof Craig Banks, Personal Chair in Electrochemical and Nanotechnology at MMU and Faculty of Science and Engineering lead for Research and Knowledge Exchange to announce their collaboration and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (and to generate publicity for the project) at MIPIM (Le marché international des professionnels de l’immobilier) the international property and investment event hosted in Cannes, France, March 13-16.

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