The Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS) is a state-of-the-art, £60m automotive testing and research institute for the University of Bath, which will lead the UK’s development of ultra-low emission vehicles.
IAAPS, University of Bath
Harnessing DKA's experience for R&D innovation
When complete, the specialist hub will support collaborative research with the automotive industry to develop future generations of ultra-low emission vehicles. As the industry moves away from combustion engines, the centre will not only develop more efficient performance, but develop battery and electric car technology. Its location on the Bristol and Bath Science Park will create a regional hub for associated industries and research.
Procured via the University Framework, the project is being designed in collaboration with Stride Treglown architects. The joint venture pools our respective strengths, with DKA being appointed as ‘Technical Architect’ to lead and deliver all the specialist automotive test and process building accommodation and equipment. Our strong sector experience with industry leading clients such as Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, Ricardo UK Limited and Millbrook Proving Ground together with specialist equipment suppliers such as Horiba and AVL will prove invaluable in successful delivery of the project.
Internal 3D images are courtesy of Kei Studios. You can experience a full virtual reality tour of IAAPS on their website.
James graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff) with an honours degree in 2004, qualifying as an architect in 2006. He joined DKA in 2007 and became a Director in 2016. He also qualified as a Project Manager in 2011 so that he could add value to existing clients and projects and offer new services to new clients.
James has worked across all project sectors during his time at DKA, but has gone on to specialise in Automotive Engineering projects and now leads this ever expanding sector within the office. He works with many leading blue chip clients in the automotive and aerospace sectors and has developed an in depth understanding of automotive process and testing facilities.
Jon’s early career experiences included invaluable involvement in working with listed buildings. He has worked across a variety of sectors with a particular emphasis in the education and engineering sectors. Jon can demonstrate personal involvement at all project stages, helping to manage project teams in a collaborative manner. He possess a sound technical knowledge and considers the build process to be an important aspect of architecture.
Kate joined DKA in early 2018 having studied Interior Design at Falmouth University, graduating in 2017. Her personal interest lies within Interior Architecture and Commercial Design. During her time at university she enjoyed researching existing buildings that could have a potential for re-use, keeping intact its prevailing features and adding modern day adaptations.
Jo joined DKA in 2018 having studied Architectural Technology and the Environment at the University of Plymouth. Graduating in 2015, she has since worked in practices in both Bath and Bristol, working on a range of educational and large scale residential projects. Jo is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and hopes to become Chartered in the near future.