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Airbus plans to build campus at Filton site to boost innovation; centre will bring together Airbus's engineers in one place to stimulate creative thinking.

PLANEMAKER Airbus wants to build a huge engineering campus on its Filton site in Bristol.

The company, which employs 5,000 people at the sprawling 17-acre facility, said it wanted to bring its engineers together into one designated area to encourage creativity and to stimulate innovative thinking.

The new campus would allow it to consolidate most of its engineering and development into one core facility instead of having it spread around a lot of disparate, legacy buildings.

Tom Williams, executive vice-president of programmes at Airbus, said: "We have exciting plans to redevelop the site at Filton." He said that bringing engineers together on the campus would lead to more productive working and help to attract new talent.


"We want to create open-plan facilities where people can work freely and interchange ideas without having to get in a car or a bus to go over to another building," he said.

The proposed site for the campus is on land adjacent to the A38 which was acquired by Airbus several years ago. Airbus has applied for outline planning permission and is working with a developer to come up with detailed proposals. It has not put a figure on the cost of the campus, which should be opened in 2010.

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Publication:Professional Engineering Magazine
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Date:Dec 10, 2008
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