Work is continuing apace on TWI's multimillion-pound development at its Granta Park headquarters, with construction now in the final stages.
The £43 million expansion project is running to a schedule that should see the site handed over to TWI from developers SDC in early 2015.
Once the handover is completed, work will begin to transfer staff and equipment into the new facilities, where there will be office capacity for more than 650 people, with laboratory and workshop space totalling more than 6000 square metres.
Another major element of the new development will be a dedicated training centre fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, helping to satisfy the high demand for TWI's training courses.
The biggest beneficiaries of the new complex will be TWI's Industrial Members, who will be able to benefit from work carried out across a greater range of engineering facilities. Part of this increased capacity will be the new engineering hall, which will have full coverage from four overhead cranes and an area of 3200 square metres: twice the size of TWI's existing space.
A key feature of the new facilities will be the National Structural Integrity Research Centre. This hub of postgraduate education, which is expected to welcome 530 students in its first 10 years of operation, will provide a major boost to high-level non-destructive testing expertise in industry.