The Story Of The NCC


The Story of the NCC

The NCC’s incredible 20-month journey began in November 2009 with the publication of the UK Composites Strategy by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the selection of Bristol as the location for the NCC and the University of Bristol as owner and host of the Centre. The Bristol and Bath Science Park was identified as the specific site for the building in March 2010.

In June 2010 the five founding members (GKN Aerospace, Airbus, AgustaWestland, Rolls-Royce and Vestas) signed long-term partnerships with the NCC. In the same month planning permission from South Gloucestershire Council was granted.

Physical work on the site began in August 2010. Construction work continued at break-neck speed and the building was finished in June. Also in June Umeco PLC joined the founding members.

Commenting on this, Peter Chivers, the NCC's Chief Executive, said: "The construction of this centre in such a short timescale is an outstanding success. To think that only one year ago work hadn't even begun on the building and the site was a green field."

Peter Young, Managing Director of main contractors Kier Western, said: "Speed was of the essence for this project. Maintaining the highest standards of safety management was paramount and I am particularly proud of the part that our team played in achieving an accident free scheme in a build period of less than six months.

"The whole team worked together magnificently to help the University of Bristol bring this world-class research facility into the city."

Gary Milliner, Director of architects Stride Treglown, said: "From the very first appointment through to planning and now completion, this development has been a highly efficient process as well as such an exciting project to work on. We are delighted to see our plans coming to fruition in creating a sustainable, fully functional and exciting building worthy of such a dynamic group."

The newly constructed centre features a 138.46kWp roof-mounted solar photovoltaic installation, incorporating over 600 Moser Baer 230Wp photovoltaic panels generating enough electricity to help power the Centre and offset the building's carbon emissions.

Bristol-based architects, Stride Treglown, encouraged NCC to explore renewable energy options, at which point they decided on solar photovoltaics. The system was installed by local company Solarsense UK, who were on site for approximately five weeks.

The project is anticipated to generate approximately 130,000kWh of electricity per year. The installation’s performance will soon be measured, monitored, and reported on via the SunnyPortal.

The Centre was formally opened on November 24th 2011 by the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.


Situated on one of the UK's biggest science parks – Bristol and Bath Science Park, a hub for innovation and high-tech research.

Set in 59 acres in North Bristol, conveniently located for the M4 and M5 motorways and Bristol's two railway stations, with green spaces and state-of-the-art facilities, the Science Park is the centre of 21st Century technology excellence. A commercial hub to showcase the best scientific, academic and commercial expertise from across the South West of England.

The Science Park is an ideal location for the NCC, where it is surrounded by cutting edge research and development by some of the world’s most innovative firms.

Our address is:

The National Composites Centre
Feynman Way Central
Bristol & Bath Science Park
Emersons Green
BS16 7FS
 +44 (0) 117 370 7600