Date Published: 29-10-2015

Preparations for the Centre for Advanced Engineering continue in Downham Market in Norfolk. The centre, which investors estimate will provide 4,600 permanent jobs, will be located at the old RAF Downham Market base in West Norfolk, near the border with Cambridgeshire. Cooper Lomaz is excited about the boost the centre will give the region, with Operations Director Mark Fletcher interviewed as part of a promotional video for the project.

The centre will feature space for industry leaders to establish regional headquarters, as well as a dedicated sixth form where students can study subjects drawn from both engineering and computing fields. The campus will include halls of residence, research hubs, a conference centre, incubator hubs, as well as space for business.

Mark Fletcher Interview

Mark Fletcher being interviewed for the promotional video.

Cooper Lomaz Operations Director Mark Fletcher said: ”The Centre for Advanced Engineering is one of the most exciting new developments happening in the region. I am confident it will create hundreds of new jobs and also enhance the regions attractiveness to start ups and businesses looking to relocate.  The educational side of the project is also really valuable as it will go some way to filling the skills gap in the field of Big Data.’

The project is being run by Aventa Capital, an investment group with a history of working on projects in the alternative sector and focused on long term returns. According to the group ‘The project will demonstrate how private industry focused infrastructure can offer a new model for partnership with Government and that economic regeneration and strong commercial returns are not mutually exclusive.’

The centre will be focussed around harnessing the power of Big Data for the Engineering sector. Students at the sixth form centre, the Institute for Data Science, will learn cutting edge skills in data analysis. The intention is for graduates to satisfy the growing demand for candidates in this emerging sector.

Transport links to the region will also be improved, with a new service running from King’s Lynn to King’s Cross in London via Downham Market and Cambridge. Road infrastructure will also be enhanced.