Work begins on gigantic 635 acre 'smart campus' to attract world’s tech giants to UK

January 24, 2020

A gigantic new 635 acre "smart campus" under construction in Somerset will attract "some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies" to the county, according to a boss leading the scheme.

The massive site - called Gravity - is currently under construction just off junction 23 of the M5, and is expected to be one of the premier high tech business parks in the nation.

 

Gravity will attract world-leaders in advanced manufacturing, agritech, robotics, artificial intelligence and electric vehicles, a spokesman for the huge scheme has said.

 

The owner of the site, This is Gravity Ltd, announced that the entire campus is to be fuelled by the most cutting edge in clean energy solutions.

 

Tom Curtis, Co-CEO, Gravity, said: "From start-up tech leaders of tomorrow to established multinationals and experts in advanced manufacturing, we believe that this site will deliver research and development as a result of knowledge sharing and harnessing the region’s talent from its leading universities and colleges.

 

"Underpinning this philosophy is a clear commitment to help drive the UK’s Clean Growth agenda.

 

“At Gravity, we are committed to creating a connected and sustainable mixed-use smart campus which will attract some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking companies."

 

The campus is located near to Bridgwater, and was chosen for its "strategic location" within the south west of England, with a direct link road being constructed to junction 23 of the M5, as well as purpose built on-site freight and passenger rail terminals.

 

A spokesman said: "Gravity will attract responsible and fast-growing companies associated with advanced manufacturing, agritech, robotics, artificial intelligence and electric vehicles.

 

"By attracting today’s giants and tomorrow’s unicorns, there will also be significant opportunities for collaboration.

 

"With onsite clean energy solutions, resilient dark fibre, unrivalled transport links, accessible talent pool and knowledge economy, including four top-tier universities close by, Gravity’s flat site provides occupiers with the ability to build, expand, and develop faster and efficiently.

 

"To enable Gravity to deliver its clean energy promise, it has signed a 50-year agreement with E.ON to provide bespoke renewable and low-carbon on-site energy solutions. These are anticipated to be on-site from autumn 2020 at the same time as completion of the link road direct to the M5 is expected."

 

Source: Somerset Live

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