Gravity drives sustainability on-site with a high performing material management strategy

London, September 8, 2020 – Gravity’s Programme Director, Paul Lowndes interviewed Chris Marshall, Director of Ashfield Solutions about the successful implementation of our bespoke material management strategy.

“Our partnership with Ashfield Solutions ensures that Gravity has and continues to recover, reuse, recycle and repurpose all suitable on-site materials. This has significantly reduced disruption in surrounding communities and reduced our carbon footprint.

We hope this strategy and its environmental considerations will guide more low-carbon developments across the UK”. Gravity’s Programme Director, Paul Lowndes

Watch the full interview below.

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About Gravity

Gravity, the UK’s first commercial smart campus, is the blueprint for a smarter, cleaner future – faster. It will deliver a new era of possibility by supporting companies making a difference socially, economically and environmentally, driving the UK’s shift to growing through a cleaner economy.

With direct access to the M5 and accessible by rail, air and sea, the site offers over 635 acres for the creation of millions of sq ft of scalable, flexible and shared working space.

Multinationals and start-ups will benefit from the excellent connectivity and speed of build out Gravity offers. By attracting today’s giants and tomorrow’s unicorns, there will be significant opportunities for collaboration.

With its on-site water provision, renewable and low carbon energy infrastructure and building energy management, dark fibre, excellent transport links, accessible talent pool and knowledge economy including four top-tier universities close by, Gravity provides occupiers with the ability to build, expand, and develop faster and efficiently.

Letter to The Rt. Hon Rishi Sunak, MP Chancellor of the Exchequer

This letter from Martin Bellamy and Lord David Triesman, was sent on 8 September 2020.

Dear Chancellor,

The response from you and your team to the early-stage economic fallout of the pandemic has been significant.

But, now we must now turn urgently from job preservation to job creation to create a country that is fit for not just a post-COVID future, but a post Brexit one as well – all while ensuring the country meets its net-zero targets by 2050. 

Fundamentally, that means investing and supporting innovation across the country.

Your Government’s commitment to “level up” the UK’s regions and provide a path to prosperity for everyone, regardless of geography is very welcome. However, efforts to level up must be truly national, and the South West has a clear and distinct role to play here.

The South West has tremendous potential to quickly become a hub of economic – and clean – growth in the UK; the Government’s support for the Western Gateway and plans to “promote a clean, green recovery” and “level up” in the process make that potential all the clearer. 

As you know, the South West already has the foundations in place to drive a green recovery. The area is already home to seven Government enterprise zones which would aid a green growth charge. World leaders such as GENeco, Viridor and Suez Environmental are already embedded in the region and are accelerating the transition to a circular economy with their innovative projects in biomass and waste-to-energy.

But the government must commit to aligning existing funds and programmes to expedite jobs, and invest new funds into delivery to ensure that these foundations are capitalised on and quickly. A ‘joined up’ approach across Government to align growth potential with resources in a timely way is going to be critical to success.

Big picture thinking, mapping existing investment programmes and aligning with growth opportunities to add value, could create golden opportunities to achieve demonstrable success for the UK.

Ensuring  Bristol  – the first UK city to be awarded the European Green Capital Award – and a UK’s leading smart city – is one of the ‘freeports’ announced later this year, enabled by the 5G Create programme and rail restoration, will be crucial to building on the already strong knowledge and innovation platforms, underpinned by digital capability and green credentials.

Access to a freeport with scalable advanced manufacturing facilities will be the difference needed to enable the UK to compete for international investment and attract the companies of tomorrow. If it brought someone like Tesla to the South West, by offering them destination sites, connectivity, high levels of service through import and export facilities, the benefits would be far more than purely economic: A new innovative industry, thousands of long-term, green jobs and a move toward the net-zero carbon targets in one fell swoop. 

And investment into helping more commercial space to foster innovative industry be built and be established is needed. Your recent announcement of  ‘to deliver public investment projects more strategically and efficiently’ is welcome in this respect.

Investment into simplified planning and digital consultation would be welcome to collaborate and drive new best practice to realise economic outcomes.

Business is ready and waiting for you to deliver on ‘Project Speed’. Not only identifying but progressing shovel-ready projects as fast as possible with minimum fuss will be key. The South West – which already has green and clean clusters – has many projects that can act as blueprints for the nation.

Gravity is a UK site for inward investment. Based in the South West, already hosting the Hinkley Point C and Hinkley Connection National Infrastructure Projects, the region has an excellent track record in leading and managing complex projects in the national interest. (Lord Triesman draws your attention to his interests as recorded in the Parliamentary Register).

Gravity with over 600 acres of land available, is purpose-built to support the innovative, sustainable giants of tomorrow. We would be a perfect fit for the electric-vehicle enabling gigafactories which DIT is trying to attract investment into — which would enable the South West to lead on the next generation of automotive technologies –  complimenting and strengthening existing facilities in Bristol and Bath, such as the National Composite, Robotics and Advanced Propulsion centres.

Manufactured @Gravity, transported out by a restored rail line to Bristol port for export.

A centre for smart mobility and transport innovation, Gravity has ambitions to operate as a live lab to test solutions for the future from e-scooters and smart infrastructure, a significant opportunity for government and the Department of Transport.

Imagine, with just a one-hour commute, you would find three of the world’s top 100 universities, the proposed freeport at Bristol and the main UK campuses of huge innovators such as Dyson and Airbus. Within just this potential cluster you have the potential for a vertically-integrated green powerhouse: From idea generation, to assembly, to shipment — with thousands of jobs and social value created at each stage.

The business community has welcomed the Government’s collaboration in working together to overcome the worst of the problems presented by the pandemic. This must be continued, and even accelerated. It is only by working together that we will create jobs for the millions of workers displaced by the pandemic, efficiently plan and deliver infrastructure and find innovative ways to grow greenly.

Post-Covid Britain has to the potential to be cleaner, greener, healthier and more productive and we must now take this opportunity to strike out and make a real difference, and quickly.

Yours sincerely.

Gravity Chairman interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live

London, September 2, 2020 – Martin Bellamy, Chairman of This Is Gravity Ltd was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 live’s ‘Wake up to Money’ programme. The discussion centered on current business affairs, Gravity’s ambition for advanced manufacturing in the UK and the future of Apple and Tesla

Martin Bellamy comments, “The UK desperately needs to build ‘Gigfactories’ like Elon Musk is around the world…for the UK to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles, the government must be prepared to back the initiatives which enable the UK to mass manufacture lithium-ion batteries.”

Listen to the full interview below. 

Gravity sponsors ‘Environmental Achievement Award’ at Somerset Business Awards – 2021

Gravity sponsors Environmental Award

London, August 2020 – Gravity, the UK’s first commercial smart campus, is delighted to announce that it will be sponsoring the newly added ‘Environmental Achievement Award‘ at this year’s Somerset Business Awards, organised by Somerset Chamber of Commerce.

Gravity is proud to support an event that celebrates the incredible achievements of local individuals and businesses, recognising the impact of their contributions towards protecting the environment during what has been a challenging year.

This event’s Environmental Achievement Award takes on greater significance with four Somerset authorities including Sedgemoor passing resolutions to declare or recognise ‘A Climate Emergency’, and have since agreed to collaborate to produce and deliver an ambitious climate strategy for Somerset.

Entries open on September 1, the awards ceremony will take place on March 26, 2021. The awards are free to enter and businesses do not need to be a member of the Chamber to take part.

About Gravity

Gravity, the UK’s first commercial smart campus, is the blueprint for a smarter, cleaner future – faster. It will deliver a new era of possibility by supporting companies making a difference socially, economically and environmentally, driving the UK’s shift to growing through a cleaner economy.

With direct access to the M5 and accessible by rail, air and sea, the site offers over 635 acres for the creation of millions of sq ft of scalable, flexible and shared working space.

Multinationals and start-ups will benefit from the excellent connectivity and speed of build out Gravity offers. By attracting today’s giants and tomorrow’s unicorns, there will be significant opportunities for collaboration.

With its on-site water provision, renewable and low carbon energy infrastructure and building energy management, dark fibre, excellent transport links, accessible talent pool and knowledge economy including four top-tier universities close by, Gravity provides occupiers with the ability to build, expand, and develop faster and efficiently.

Gravity appoints Arup as Digital Master Planners

Somerset, July 31, 2020 – Arup has been appointed to develop the digital vision and digital master plan for Gravity. Strategically located in the South West of the UK, Gravity is a sustainable and smart campus where new innovators can grow and established technology giants can experiment and scale.

“To meet the challenges of the future, the UK must shift to a cleaner economy that embraces innovation by creating spaces that allow forward-thinking companies and local communities to thrive,” states Martin Bellamy, Gravity’s Chairman & CEO.

A team of digital experts from Arup will inform and strengthen the planning vision, infrastructure plans, digital systems and human experiences. This will embed Gravity’s vision in foundational technology, campus services and tenant core business operations to ensure long term impact.

Claire Pearce, Gravity’s Director of Planning & Economic Development, says “the requirements of tenants are shifting. The needs of their workforce are changing. We need a holistic yet deep understanding of technology requirements and what it can enable for our customers. The team from Arup will provide this for us”.

Paul McConnell, Arup’s Head of Digital Studio, ” we are committed to the evolution of a technology enabled and human-centric campus which is epitomised in Gravity. We share Gravity’s goals of creating a vibrant clean growth community and encouraging new ways for people to interact and work healthier and happier.”

The Arup team will provide a range of technology advisory services, experience design insights, sustainability consulting, business case development and integration/operational readiness services. The approach brings experience, lessons learned and proven delivery approaches from supporting programmes in the region and across the UK. Arup will partner with a consortium of local, regional and national organisations throughout the programme.

Pearce explains that “our team and Arup will bring together unique skills and experience to enable the Gravity campus to deliver for future tenants and the surrounding communities. Establishing a high standard for future technology in the South West and beyond.”

One of Arup’s long-standing fundamental aims is to serve society and deliver meaningful work for a more sustainable development within the built environment. Arup has been committed to the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals (UNSDGs) by adjusting business practices and identifying the potential of emerging technology to play a role.

Gravity www.thisisgravity.co.uk Arupwww.arup.com

Sedgemoor District Council approves the preparation of a Local Development Order for Gravity

We’re delighted that Sedgemoor District Council has approved the preparation of a Local Development Order for Gravity.  We look forward to working collaboratively with the Council through a Planning Performance Agreement to create a simplified planning regime for our customers and improve outcomes for the locality and communities.

The Gravity ambition is to create a smart campus and community with health, wellbeing and innovation at its heart, embedded within a strong landscape setting. The council’s decision bolsters our ability to deliver and strengthens marketability to investors as well as creates new opportunities for communities.

Martin Bellamy Chairman of Salamanca Group and Chief Executive of Gravity said “This important decision aligns our vision with the enterprise zone and strengthens our focus on clean and inclusive growth. Gravity is working to strengthen the UK’s knowledge economy and domestic supply chains by attracting responsible, fast-growing companies who can lead a green economic recovery by creating new, higher-value jobs and social infrastructure in Sedgemoor.  

Duncan McGinty Leader of the Council said “Sedgemoor District is a proactive, pro-business Council, and has an impressive record on achieving economic growth. Now, even more so, the Council must work hard to secure new green-collar jobs in sectors which are growing to create sustained jobs into the future for our communities. Gravity is the Sedgemoor enterprise zone and forms a key part of our plans to stimulate a green economic renewal’.

Gravity Chairman Martin Ballamy interviews Ian Liddell-Grainger

London, June 11, 2020 – Gravity chairman interviews the MP for Bridgwater & West Somerset, Ian Liddell-Grainger. The discussion centered on the progress Gravity has achieved to date, the project’s positive influence on the wider region, and the vision for the future.

We have a site [Gravity] where we can train people, build on it straight away and get your product in and out. We do all the things you [Elon Musk] would like as a tech entrepreneur and make it work for you. And make it work in a way that you can be proud of and that we can be proud of.

Ian Liddell-Grainger

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Somerset feels the force of Gravity

It is not often that you hear Silicon Valley tech giants, a car battery gigafactory and a massive coronavirus vaccine facility all associated with a single spec-built business park, especially one being constructed in a corner of rural Somerset with limited transport connections. Then again, the 635-acre Gravity is no ordinary business park.

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Chairman interviewed about vaccine factory at Gravity on BBC Radio Somerset.

Vaccine capacity Gravity BBC

London, May 20, 2020 – Martin Bellamy, Chairman of This Is Gravity Ltd is interviewed on BBC Radio Somerset discussing the vaccine capacity problem and how this is an enormous opportunity for the UK to showcase its unbelievable scientific work.

Martin Bellamy comments, “we can’t just be thinking about producing enough for the UK, we have a responsibility to produce volumes to assist the poorer countries.”

Listen to the full interview below

About Gravity

Gravity, the UK’s first commercial smart campus, is the blueprint for a smarter, cleaner future – faster. It will deliver a new era of possibility by supporting companies making a difference socially, economically and environmentally, driving the UK’s shift to growing through a cleaner economy.

With direct access to the M5 and accessible by rail, air and sea, the site offers over 635 acres for the creation of millions of sq ft of scalable, flexible and shared working space.

Multinationals and start-ups will benefit from the excellent connectivity and speed of build out Gravity offers. By attracting today’s giants and tomorrow’s unicorns, there will be significant opportunities for collaboration.

With its on-site water provision, renewable and low carbon energy infrastructure and building energy management, dark fibre, excellent transport links, accessible talent pool and knowledge economy including four top-tier universities close by, Gravity provides occupiers with the ability to build, expand, and develop faster and efficiently.

Gravity could help boost vaccine capacity on a global scale

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London, May 20, 2020 – Martin Bellamy, Chairman of This Is Gravity Ltd and Salamanca Bank, discusses in The Times the need for the UK to produce enough vaccines to export.

Critics have urged the government to build extra capacity in case several effective vaccines are developed, each needing separate manufacturing processes. There are also calls for Britain to produce enough vaccines to export.

Read the full article here

About Gravity

Gravity, the UK’s first commercial smart campus, is the blueprint for a smarter, cleaner future – faster. It will deliver a new era of possibility by supporting companies making a difference socially, economically and environmentally, driving the UK’s shift to growing through a cleaner economy.

With direct access to the M5 and accessible by rail, air and sea, the site offers over 635 acres for the creation of millions of sq ft of scalable, flexible and shared working space.

Multinationals and start-ups will benefit from the excellent connectivity and speed of build out Gravity offers. By attracting today’s giants and tomorrow’s unicorns, there will be significant opportunities for collaboration.

With its on-site water provision, renewable and low carbon energy infrastructure and building energy management, dark fibre, excellent transport links, accessible talent pool and knowledge economy including four top-tier universities close by, Gravity provides occupiers with the ability to build, expand, and develop faster and efficiently

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