Developers The Coventry & Warwickshire Development Partnership have applied for planning consent to create a 193,750 sq ft research and development facility on land adjoining Rowley Road to the south of the A45.

The new centre is a result of the region winning a national competition, with the successful joint bidding consortium consisting of Coventry City Council, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and WMG, at the University of Warwick. The competition was led by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) and supported by Innovate UK, to establish a new UK battery development centre.

The UKBIC will deliver on the UK’s Industrial Strategy and will develop the processes to transition the UK to become a world leader in design, development and manufacture of batteries through collaborative R&D between industry and academia.

Jonathan Browning, Chair of the CWLEP, said: “A massive amount of work has taken place between the successful outcome of our bid, which was announced last November, and reaching this stage. This is an exciting and very valuable project for the region.”

Councillor Jim O’Boyle, Coventry City Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, added: “This is a significant milestone as we seek to utilise the considerable skill-base and specialist expertise in our area. It also forms part of our strategy to reenergise the automotive industry in the city which was originally the home of the car industry.”

Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, comments: “This is a significant step forward in the development of the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, which will see Coventry and the sub region make a significant contribution to the delivery of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. Through the UKBIC the UK is in a strong position to lead the advancement of battery development, and vehicle electrification and autonomous vehicles.”

Jeff Pratt, Managing Director of UKBIC, adds: “This signals the conclusion of the UKBIC early planning process, our team have worked hard since November to achieve this milestone and can be proud of this achievement. I am very much looking forward to continuing to the next phase of the programme which will achieve the physical delivery of this important development facility for a growing UK battery industry.”