Local councillors and prominent businesses visited the Cranfield‘s Masterplan exhibition this week to see the campus development plans and meet the development team leading the work.

Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor of Cranfield, welcomed the visitors to the exhibition, saying: “This is an exciting time for the University, the Masterplan for the development of our campus at Cranfield reflects our ambitious plans for the future, and we are making good progress in turning these aspirations into reality. It demonstrates our commitment as a world-leading centre of excellence. Working with global companies Cranfield University is bringing investment and employment to the region through world-class education and research.”

Launched two years ago, the Masterplan is supporting the framework for investment in the University’s facilities and infrastructure over a 25-year period. Progress on several of the new University buildings is well underway, with three major buildings currently under construction.  On completion, they will provide an enhanced environment for staff working and teaching at the Bedfordshire campus, and improved living and study areas for students. Proposed future developments include roads, car parking and landscaping.

The largest building, the Aerospace Integrated Research Centre’s (AIRC) steel framework is taking shape, altering the heart of the campus, with the completion of the building planned for early in 2017. The Centre builds on Cranfield’s 70-year aerospace heritage. It will foster closer collaboration between leading researchers, the centre partners of Airbus and Rolls Royce and the wider aerospace supply chain.  It provides a dedicated space and specialist equipment to develop novel, integrated solutions to change the design of future aircraft.

At the other end of the campus, the Centre for Atmospheric Informatics and Emissions Technology (CAIET) building is almost complete. Researchers will investigate how emissions contribute to large-scale atmospheric shifts. It supports industry and governments in the science and technology of atmospheric releases, exposures and their impact in the short and long term. It will be a shared home with the like-minded researchers of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM). Cranfield is unique for having an on-site airport, and FAAM 146 Atmospheric Research Aircraft, used for atmospheric research worldwide, is based at the University.

All the new buildings will be as low carbon as possible to comply with Cranfield’s environmental objective that all new buildings and major refurbishments achieve BREEAM Excellent standard, the internationally recognised standard for assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Cranfield Aerospace

Cranfield is the number one university in Europe for aerospace. We are the only university in Europe to own and run an airport and to have airline status. We have been at the forefront of aerospace technology for 70 years.

As the UK's most business-engaged University, we have long-term relationships and close commercial partnerships with many companies in the sector including Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing and Rolls-Royce.

Our education, research and consultancy is enhanced by our world-class facilities including the National Flying Laboratory Centre – a unique national asset which provides a hands-on, flying experience, along with flight deck simulators and industrial-scale gas turbine engine test facilities used for performance and diagnostic studies. The Aerospace Integration Research Centre, a £35 million innovative centre built in partnership with Airbus and Rolls-Royce, fosters collaboration between industry and academia. A new £65 million Digital Aviation Research and Technology Centre will also be built at Cranfield to spearhead the UK’s research into digital aviation technology.

Notable Cranfield alumni include Warren East, CEO of Rolls-Royce plc and Ralph Hooper, who attended the College of Aeronautics at Cranfield in 1946 and went on to become one of the UK’s most important post-war aircraft designers, creating the Hawker Harrier jump jet.