David Willetts, the UK Minister of State for Universities and Science announced the investment of £25 million in the new Advanced Metrology Laboratory at National Physicalal Laboratory on 24 January 2013, during an event at the Policy Exchange in London.
The proposed Advanced Metrology Laboratory will enhance the UK's capabilities in quantum technologies, nanotechnologies and innovative materials, building on NPL's world-leading expertise. It will also facilitate interaction between NPL and industry, universities and other collaborators to help support UK growth through cutting-edge technological development and application.
The new facility at NPL will house an estimated 20 laboratories, for around 40 scientists, specially designed for high precision metrology. The new laboratories will provide a tightly controlled research environment with stable temperature and humidity levels and minimised interference from vibration (direct and acoustic), and electrical and magnetic fields.
The returns to the UK economy from government investment in measurement science are proven to be significant. Net benefits from the Advanced Metrology Laboratory are likely to be in excess of £500 million.
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