New plans for Torbay’s bid to turbo-charge its high tech industries

July 27, 2017

This is how the new £9m innovation centre designed to turbo change Torbay’s high tech industries could look. An application has now been lodged with planners.

The new proposed Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC) would be built next to the Premier Inn on Brixham Road, Paignton is expected to create 220 new jobs and support 70 hi-tech businesses as well as support 14 collaborations between industry and academia. The centre is being developed by TDA, on behalf of Torbay Council, who say the submission to planners represents a key milestone for the project.

The planning application comprises of a 3,834m² modern, purpose-built hi tech innovation centre, along with car parking, landscaping and accompanying estate road.

Torbay mayor and executive lead for finance and regeneration, Gordon Oliver, said: “Torbay is one of the top five locations in England for photonics expertise and a key location for advanced electronics engineering.

“EPIC will provide an important Centre for research, product design and new development in cutting edge technologies. Torbay's strong local supply chain, highly trained employees, excellent access to markets and integrated business network will further support this project."

Alan Denby, director of economic strategy at TDA, said: “This is a key milestone in an exciting flagship project for Torbay which is designed to support and grow an important sector in the area. The submission of this application shows our tangible progress, and we will be making further announcements shortly as more key milestones are achieved.

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