Work has begun on the £30 million aerospace research centre on Ansty Park in Coventry.
The 86,100 sq ft centre, adjacent to the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), will provide a national facility for aerospace research.
MTC engineers will work with experts from the world's major aerospace companies on projects which will define aerospace technology for the future.
Steve Holland, head of asset management at Ansty Park's owner the Homes and Communities Agency, said: "Ansty Park is receiving not only national but also international recognition and this new facility will undoubtedly increase this further.
"Coventry has a significant industrial heritage and it is satisfying to see it leading the way again due to the highly skilled workforce in the area and its strategic location.
"These new facilities, which are being brought about by government and industry working closely together, are undoubtedly contributing to the re-industrialisation of the UK, part of the government's long-term economic plan."
Developer Highbridge Properties property consultancy Cushman and Wakefield are working on the site and, once completed, Ansty Park will cover 100 acres and have a total of 1.5 million sq ft of accommodation.
In addition to the aerospace research centre, a 65,000 sq ft high-temperature research centre is being built as a joint collaboration between the University of Birmingham and Rolls-Royce.
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is providing £15.2 million funding for the new aerospace facility which is being matched with funding from industry.
It forms part of a £90 million expansion plan for the MTC and marks the beginning of a strategy to lead and establish cultural changes in developing and nurturing the skills needed for future technologies.
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