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Estates Project Manager

Adrian Duffell, Senior Building Surveyor


April 2020 - work starts

March 2021 - completion


£3.2 million, part-funded by the Department of Education

Innovation Centre - South West Institute of Technology (SWIoT) construction

Backfilling around the building continues. This is expected to cause some vibration and noise disruption and will likely impact on those in the Innovation Centre. Over the next couple of weeks, the delivery of the curtain walling to the front of the building will take place.

The slab work for the connecting corridor between SWIoT and Innovation 1 has now been completed and the timber works to the walls of this corridor will begin to be erected. You may see some contractors moving through the main entrance of Innovation 1 into the ground floor M suite in order to facilitate the connecting corridor, and if you experience any problems with this, please don’t hesitate to contact the project manager.

For urgent queries, please contact Adrian Duffell, Project Manager.

The University of Exeter has been successful in a collaborative bid to create a new Institute of Technology for the South West, and will be housing one of a number of IoT centres across the region.  The new £3.2m facility will be located at the Innovation Centre, where it will form an extension to the existing building.  It will be linked to the Innovation Centre by way of a new corridor.  The new building will contain an Artificial Intelligence Arena and Computer Learning Laboratory.  The University will deliver exciting technical education in digital and advanced engineering, benefitting from its leading status as a science university and a member of the Alan Turing Institute.

The new facility will allow the University to deliver a rapid expansion in apprenticeship training, from just over 100 apprentices in 2018/19 to more than 600 in 2023/24.  We will have employers at the heart of what we do, so that courses and qualifications are based on industry need - this will mean that employers will be able to fill skills shortages with highly-trained personnel.

A key feature of the new building is sustainability, and the facility will be rated as BREAM Excellent.  Sustainability will be at the heart of everything we do, addressing energy use, heating, cooling, and insulation.  The building will incorporate solar panels, and the equipment chosen to be used within the building will be chosen with sustainability in mind, following through on our Cliate Emergerncy committment.

South West Institute of Technology

There are 12 Institutes of Technologies (IoTs) planned around the country – they are nationally significant multi-million pound initiatives.  The IOTs will provide the best training to raise regional productivity and economic growth in technical skills.  SWIoT is the first of the new IoTs being developed and invested-in by the government, to deliver economic growth in the UK, and develop an agile and diverse skills base for STEM technologies

SWIoT is a unique collaboration between a number of partner organisations.  These include the University of Plymouth, Bridgwater & Taunton College, City College Plymouth, Exeter College, Petroc, and Truro & Penwith College.  Each partner organisation is investing in the development of state-of-the-art facilities for training in technical subjects to create Britain’s next generation of highly-skilled technicians and engineers.

SWIoT also draws on expertise from a group of “anchor employers” who will lead its strategic direction and ensure focus on the latest industry skills. 

SWIoT combined facilities will cater for up to 2,500 students in apprenticeships and full-time courses, from post-16 to Master’s degree level, and will match the best-available in the UK.  It will help put the South West region at the forefront of digital and engineering education.