Gravity is expected to generate up to 7,500 jobs as the 24/7 campus will attract high value businesses that operate in shift patterns.
The figures reflect working patterns of real innovative business occupiers that the market is demonstrating the site and its 24/7 campus environment will attract.
The benefit of operating in shift patterns means that the number of jobs is maximised whilst the number of staff on site at any one time is limited to those required for each shift.
The job predictions will strengthen the opportunity to create a new era in advanced manufacturing at Gravity, based on the former Royal Ordnance Factory near Bridgwater, at the center of the South West.
The Gravity site is proving a unique proposition in the UK, offering a large-scale and readily available site as a destination for international investment. With a number of enquiries now in play to accelerate commercial responses to climate change, the Gravity team is ready to respond to deliver investment on the ground and realise opportunities for economic transformation.
As the government shifts the UK towards a zero-carbon economy, Gravity is at the centre of the national clean growth revolution. The project aims to make the 616-acre site a blueprint for a cleaner and smarter future, creating a campus that integrates work, homes, leisure, and green space, supported by a sustainable transport system and smart technology.
Gravity’s director of planning and economic development, Claire Pearce, commented: “The type of advanced manufacturing and commercial space that could be built here isn’t business as usual. As such, we’ve looked carefully at how we predict the number of jobs that could be created here in a 24/7 day a week scenario where we could have three shift patterns each day. The community, businesses and other stakeholders are telling us they want to see quality jobs created at Gravity and we are working hard to make that a reality”.
Cllr Gill Slocombe, deputy leader of Sedgemoor District Council, said: “This is great news for Sedgemoor and the wider region. We need to face the challenges of climate change head on but we also need to ensure we are creating jobs for the future. Gravity is an opportunity for us to do both.
Andy Berry, Principal of Bridgwater and Taunton College (BTC) said: “These new jobs at Gravity will be underpinned by new pathways to work, with training opportunities for our students and the wider community. The college will work with the Gravity team and wider partners in the education sector including universities and the Institutes of technology to offer workforce development as part of a Skills Charter to ensure there is a local labour approach developed with each occupier to bring the greatest social and economic benefits the host community”
The revised estimate for Gravity follows detailed technical analysis on what may be possible in the future.
Gravity will be the UK’s first commercial smart campus and a blueprint for a ‘cleaner’, smarter future. It aims to attract the world’s most innovative companies working in the ‘clean growth’ sectors.
Expected to create up to 7,500 jobs, the 616-acre Enterprise Zone will be designed to shape connections between people and the places they work, supporting a culture of innovation and wellbeing. It will include diverse, flexible workspaces and resilient technologies along with enhanced transport links to, and within, the surrounding area.