Anna Soubry MP was in Liverpool yesterday (16 June) to see how the new £15 million Sensor City development will attract business and investment to the city.
The business minister was welcomed by the vice-chancellors of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and the University of Liverpool who are working in partnership on the scheme to revolutionise sensor technology
Soubry was given a guided tour of the site after meeting with the Sensor City board which also includes representatives the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Several Liverpool-based companies are working on the project which plans to create 1,000 jobs and house 300 new businesses over a 10-year period, including construction firm the Kier Group and architects from the IBI Group.
The 26,909 sq ft development was granted funding by the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The project will support companies as they develop and implement novel sensor systems, integrating sensors, firmware and advanced algorithms.
Soubry says: “Sensor City will establish Liverpool as a leader in sensor technology bringing together high tech start-ups and established businesses with entrepreneurial students and graduates to support cutting-edge projects.
“This is yet more evidence of what can be achieved when government and local leaders work together to invest in innovative projects for the Northern Powerhouse.”
Professor Nigel Weatherill, LJMU vice-chancellor and Professor Janet Beer, vice-chancellor at the University of Liverpool were both present at the site visit.
Weatherill adds: “We were delighted to welcome the Minister today and to see her enthusiasm and interest in the early stages of what promises to be a pioneering project for us and our partners.
“This is one of the first major strategic collaborations between LJMU, the University of Liverpool and the LEP and as such is important in illustrating how the innovation and entrepreneurial spirit of students and academics can be driven forward by industry.”
Sensor City is due to be completed by June 2017.