UK Chancellor Pledges £30 Million for STFC Super-Computing Technology at Sci-Tech Daresbury
DARESBURY, England, February 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
The UK Chancellor of the Exchequer visited Sci-Tech Daresbury
[http://www.sci-techdaresbury.com ] to announce a GBP30 million government investment into
the world-leading Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC [http://www.stfc.ac.uk
]) super-computing facilities at the site.
The funding will be used to support the progress of power efficient computing
technologies and firmly establish the UK as the world leader in energy efficient
supercomputer software development.
Some GBP19 million of the investment has been allocated to STFC’s Hartree Centre at
Daresbury Laboratory. Hartree is the world’s largest software development centre and is
home to the most powerful supercomputer in the UK. The remaining GBP11 million has been
earmarked to develop technology capable of processing the huge amounts of data collected
by SKA, the world’s largest radio telescope.
Economy-boosting partnerships between research and industry are just some of the
benefits poised to come from investment which was announced at Sci-Tech Daresbury, a
national science and innovation campus situated between Liverpool and Manchester.
Speaking at the site, Mr Osborne said: “Britain is in a global race and we are in a
position to lead the way in science and technology. Projects like the Daresbury
development are crucial to boosting the economy and putting the UK at the forefront of the
big data revolution.”
Professor John Womersley, Chief Executive at STFC, said: “It is really encouraging
that the government recognises the critical role that the relationship between science,
innovation and industry plays in supporting economic growth in the UK.
“Here at Daresbury, which sits within the thriving and successful Sci-Tech Daresbury
Enterprise Zone [http://www.sci-techdaresbury.com/enterprise/zones ], we have world
leading research, facilities and skills working with the smallest of SMEs to the largest,
most impressive industrial names, that together will drive innovation and help rebalance
the UK economy.”
John Downes, Group Chief Executive of Langtree [http://www.langtreegroupplc.co.uk ],
said: “This funding will help to ensure that the STFC facilities based at Sci-Tech
Daresbury remain at the very forefront of research and development – supporting the vision
of the site’s joint venture partners to further develop the site as a centre for
scientific excellence and innovation. This will in turn act as a catalyst for future
growth – highlighting Sci-Tech Daresbury’s importance as a key economic asset for for the
North West and, indeed, the UK.”
Sci-Tech Daresbury is a private-public sector joint venture between property company
Langtree, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Halton Borough Council.
The Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester are all active partners on the
Regarded as one of Europe’s leading centres for innovation and business, Sci-Tech
Daresbury is a national science and innovation campus and flagship Enterprise Zone site,
situated between Liverpool and Manchester.
Issued on behalf of Sci-Tech Daresbury by Paver Smith [http://www.paversmith.co.uk ].
About Sci-Tech Daresbury
Sci-Tech Daresbury is a world class location for high-tech business and leading edge
science based in Cheshire. It provides a unique environment for innovation and business
growth, with knowledge sharing, collaboration and networking.
Home to the ground-breaking STFC Daresbury Laboratory and the Cockcroft Institute as
well as over 100 high-tech companies, the site was originally established in 2006. In
December 2010 a new private-public joint-venture partnership was created to spearhead the
longer-term development of the Campus. Partners in the private-public joint-venture
partnership are developers, Langtree, the Science and Technology Facilities Council
(STFC), and Halton Borough Council.
Originally named Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus, the site’s name was changed
in July 2012 to reflect its new Enterprise Zone status, which was granted in April 2012.
Enterprise Zone status allows business rates to be reinvested in the campus, potentially
creating up to 15,000 skilled jobs and providing funding for new specialist office,
laboratory and technical space. Enterprise Zone status will also allow the campus to
leverage more than GBP150million in private sector investment.
SOURCE Sci-Tech Daresbury