Daresbury set to grow

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is planning to create two new major national research institutes at Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus.

The government has welcomed STFC’s decision to build an Instrumentation and Computational Science institute and to build on the existing National Centre for Accelerator Science, the Cockcroft Institute.

The campus will be developed as part of a partnership between the Science Technologies Facilities Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency, private sector businesses, Halton Borough Council and the universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Lancaster. It was formally designated as one of only two national science campuses in the treasury budget statement of March 2006.

The government has asked Sir Tom McKillop, who is currently chairing the Manchester Independent Economic Review, an independent review into the future of the Manchester City Region and broader north west economy, to lead a review of the campus to consider a strategy for how the government’s commitment to it can best be met.

The review will assess the current and potential contribution of the Daresbury campus to science and innovation in the UK economy and to the north west in particular. It will have a particular reference to the scale and scope needed to achieve national and international significance.