June 2022 Newsletter


• Lord David Triesman – keynote speaker at South West Business Council Dinner
• Why the South West is the place to live and work
• Claire Pearce speaks at ‘Women in Property’ event
• Gravity LDO recognised with two awards
• Gravity’s Link Road shortlisted for ICE South West award
• Gravity connected to Bristol Port through a private 5G network
• A look ahead at Gravity – Summer 2022

Lord David Triesman – Keynote speaker at South West Business Council Dinner

Lord David Triesman speaking at the South West Business Council’s Annual Dinner

Salamanca Group and Gravity Board Director, Lord David Triesman, was the keynote speaker at the recent South West Business Council’s Annual Dinner, held at Dartington Hall.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to participate and are excited about the potential of Gravity to act as a catalyst for a new era of clean growth.”

Lord Triesman spoke to an esteemed audience about Leadership in a Dynamic Region for Business, he was enthused by the rich collaboration he has witnessed in the region and its entrepreneurial spirit and believes the South West is well-positioned to thrive in the wave of clean growth innovation.

BLOG: Why the South West is the place to be

Photo by Marcus Woodbridge on Unsplash

From great work-life balance to the region’s rich cultural heritage, we explore what makes the South West the place to live and work.

Claire Pearce speaks at Women in Property event

Claire Pearce speaking at the Women in Property event

Our Director of Planning & Economic Development, Claire Pearce, was a guest speaker alongside Esther Croft, Development Director of Reef Group at the Association of Women in Property event.

At the event, Claire underlined Gravity’s role in championing the South West as the place to invest and do business.

Claire emphasised the importance of hosting future-facing industries to create sustained employment for communities and developing greater regional multi-modal connectivity to better enable to South West to compete in an international market. Gravity is one of the most advanced ‘shovel’ ready sites in the UK and can accelerate the transition to a net-zero economy.

Gravity LDO recognised with awards

Gravity’s Director – Planning and Economic Development, Claire Pearce and Programme Director Paul Lowndes were in attendance at the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) SW Awards in Exeter. They joined the Stantec team as they won two of the four categories they were shortlisted for.

Stantec won the Innovation Award for the Gravity Local Development Order (LDO) Future Scenarios Tool, which will aid transport planning and assessment, and the Collaboration Award for Gravity LDO Delivery Group.

The Gravity Scenario Testing tool has since been shortlisted for the Transport Planning Category National Award. The winners will be announced at the CIHT National Award show on 7 September.

Gravity Link Road shortlisted for Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Award 2022

View of Gravity Link Road

The Gravity Link Road has been shortlisted for an Institute of Civil Engineering (ICE) South West Civil Engineering Award. The completed road is an example of one that shows a commitment to sustainability, climate resilience and carbon reduction.

The opening of the road has removed through traffic from the village of Puriton, creating a safer village, a more pleasant public environment, and improving air quality.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 15 September. Members and non-members of the ICE can choose their favourite project in the People’s Choice Awards – vote here.

5G Connectivity at Gravity

Birds eye view of Bristol Port

Gravity announces the installation of the 5G infrastructure that connects Bristol Port and the Gravity Smart Campus. The West of England Combined Authority’s test bed project is aligned with our digital ambition to host and progress technological development to enable plans to deliver a campus to accommodate large-scale advanced manufacturing. accelerating the UK’s transition to a net-zero carbon economy.

Look Ahead: Summer 2022

• Since securing the adoption of the Local Development Order, the team have been continuing to engage with potential occupiers and emphasise the site’s ready state’ for accelerated delivery.
• The archaeological investigations have been completed and there is a robust approach to ecological management through the appropriate licensing.
• The landscaping of the link road, called Enterprise Way, will take place in Autumn 2022.
• Early Works comprising site clearance, cut & fill excavation and stockpiling of imported piling mat material have commenced.



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