HIVE "will become a national asset"

The Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex

The facility was opened by The Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex

Over 180 researchers, engineers and leaders of industry came together last Thursday to celebrate the opening of the HIVE, the UK’s first research facility designed specifically to test low carbon building materials and systems in realistic, open-air conditions.

The £1 million building, based at our Building Research Park near Swindon, is funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council, and will be available to research groups and construction companies from around the world to test innovative new materials.

BRE Group Chief Executive Dr Peter Bonfield said: “I have no doubt that the HIVE will become a national asset, an exemplar of world class Britain: forward looking and leading the charge for better, more sustainable and resilient construction in the UK and worldwide."

The HIVE opening received widespread national and regional media coverage.

BBC Points West, BBC South Today, BBC Bristol, BBC Somerset, BBC Gloucestershire, BBC Wiltshire, BBC Oxford and Heart Swindon all covered the opening, and Dr Mike Lawrence, the Building Research Park's Director, and Dr Lesley Thompson, Director of the EPSRC, were interviewed on Jack FM.

Dr Mike Lawrence’s article in The Guardian focused on the HIVE, which was also referenced in The Times Higher Education in its ‘campus close-up’ feature.

Regional press, including Swindon Business News and This is Wiltshire, focussed on the attendance of our Chancellor, HRH The Earl of Wessex.

The story was also picked up by E&T, Green Building Press, The Construction Index, Building Products, Environmental Data Interactive Exchange and other specialist online construction and sustainable building publications.

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