Willmott Dixon Awarded Aviation Centre at Cornwall’s Spaceport
Willmott Dixon is set to play a key enabling role in the UK’s space programme, having been awarded a GBP 2.3 million contract to build an Aviation Centre at Newquay Airport. Breaking ground in June, the Aviation Centre will be part of Spaceport Cornwall’s Centre for Space Technologies, a GBP 5.8 million development that includes a satellite integration and mission operations facility. The Centre for Space Technologies will enable satellites to be integrated into rockets, ready to launch from Cornwall for 2022.
The Corserv Group has developed the feasibility and secured funding for the Aviation Centre and will manage the construction contract with delivery partner Wilmott Dixon – bringing colleagues from Cornwall Development Company, Cormac Facilities and Cornwall Airport Newquay together to facilitate the build and set a framework for future expansion at this crucial location in the heart of Cornwall.
Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Government’s Getting Building Fund, the CST will deliver R&D workspace, a laboratory cleanroom, education outreach facility and collaboration space. It will be nationally unique development, bringing UK satellite companies, academia and other space businesses together in one place to develop innovations in satellite technologies.