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East Northamptonshire Enterprise Centre
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Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility

7th February 2018

A 1.7 mile long straight and flat former railway tunnel converted to an indoor, fully controllable vehicle testing facility to include wind and simulated weather impact, aerodynamics and emissions. A significant new, global standard test facility enhancing the capability of the UK vehicle industry.

Funding Stream: Local Growth Fund (LGF)
LGF Awarded:
Total Project Cost: £21m
Delivery Partner: Total Sim
Project Status: Due to complete Autumn 2021
Projected Outputs: 226 new jobs by 2025

July 2021

June 2021

The concrete has now been laid in the length of the tunnel. 

The concrete being laid in the tunnel.

October 2020

September 2020

Tunnel transformation project making good progress

An exciting project to turn a disused Victorian-era railway tunnel into a state-of-the-art vehicle testing facility is moving through the gears as the finishing line grows nearer...Read the full story.

Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility

Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility September 2020

July 2020

The first 400m of the tunnel has been laid with concrete prior to the asphalt layer and drainage is now in place to the side of the test track.

Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility July 2020

December 2019

Works have commenced on the bridge and the concrete is now in place around the tunnel entrance and building. Works inside the tunnel will commence in January.

July 2019

Work on the bat exclusion works is now underway inside the tunnel following the issue of a bat license.  Electricity is now live to support the tunnel building.

April 2019

January 2019

The main building for this project is now wind and watertight. 

Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility


November 2018 

The roof is now complete and the cladding is starting to go onto the main building.

Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility

July 2018

Road junction and drainage works have commenced and work has started on the foundations for the new building. The 278 works are now complete, as is the road up to the tunnel and the retaining structure around the tunnel building. The work on the drainage installation around the tunnel building is underway.

Catesby Aerodynamic Research Facility

May 2018

Great to see the progress being made, with the access road nearly in place.

February 2018

During this month’s site visit, we’re seeing foundations being laid. 

December 2017

Media release: Tunnel vision to deliver world-class test facility. Read more...


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