The Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub (SSEH) in South Northamptonshire, England, will have an official opening on Tuesday 10 September.
SSEH was awarded £2 million of local growth funds in 2018 to develop a new 26,000 sq ft state-of-the-art sports engineering innovation centre at Silverstone Park. Situated within the Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, SSEH is a research, development and business incubation centre for high-performance cycling and sports.
The Hub was created by the Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) experts TotalSim. Through its extensive experience working with Team GB and other elite athletes the company ‘discovered a need for affordable, bespoke sports engineering tools’.
Richard Harrington, Chief Executive Officer for Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership will officially open the Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub (SSEH) on 10 September.
Richard Harrington said, “We are delighted to be supporting this exciting innovation hub at the heart of the Silverstone High Performance Technology Cluster, to fire innovation, business productivity and growth for the local economy.”
TotalSim and SSEH Director Rob Lewis added, “Tapping into the world class high-tech skills pool around Silverstone enables us to create a unique innovation incubator for companies in sports engineering and services which we predict will have global appeal.”
He continued, “If we can pool the right things together then we believe that organisations will come from around the world to take advantage of the facility – thereby helping to put the UK at the forefront of the development of aerodynamic technologies.
“In fact, this could be the start of a whole series of ventures around Silverstone to do with sports science, engineering and education.”
The goal of the hub is not to solve a company’s engineering problems, but provide an environment and the tools to facilitate innovation and product development related to sport.
The facilities within the Hub are:
- Sports Performance Wind Tunnel, suitable for full scale testing of many sports including cycling, winter and para sports.
- Fabric Development Wind Tunnel, designed to allow testing of fabrics in a controlled and repeatable environment to test performances including drag.
- 3D scanning, with access to the latest 3D scanning tools to help capture equipment and athletes’ geometries quickly and accurately.
- Offices and workshop spaces available to rent on a mid to long term basis.
The official opening will be followed by an Open Day Event, from 14.30-18.30 GMT. Those interested in finding out more or to register interest in attending can contact openday[at]silverstonesportshub.co.uk.