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Thatcham Research confirms new test centre


Thatcham Research will develop a new centre of excellence at Gamston Airport after acquiring Gamston Aviation Limited.

The UK’s only ‘not-for-profit’ insurer-funded automotive research centre will use the facility for the testing and research necessary to ensure new mobility technology is introduced safely and effectively. This includes active-safety and assisted and automated driving systems.

The facility, which will also enable greater focus on the assessment of the performance and safety benefits of these systems, will be dual operational with aviation being managed alongside vehicle research and testing.

Jonathan Hewett, Chief Executive at Thatcham Research and Director at Gamston Aviation, said: “Our investment marks the beginning of an exciting new era for Thatcham Research, and ensures we continue to be at the forefront of technological advances. We are expanding our extensive research and testing capabilities, whilst supporting and retaining aviation at the aerodrome.

“The long-term vision for the site will see the inception of a first-class vehicle research and testing facility, and provide leading insight to the automotive industry, legislators and insurers.”

Construction on the multi-million-pound investment is anticipated to begin in the summer 2022, with dual-operations beginning from Autumn 2022.

Hewett said: “In addition to research and testing, our investment provides commercial viability for the site, ensuring it continues to play a key role in the region. We are working closely with all stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition to dual-operations, and will continue to provide regular updates on the project and its progress.”

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