Brownfield Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) Project Manager
This position is temporary until 30th September 2020
The BRIC project aims to create a new research Centre of Excellence based in the University’s planned development on the Springfield Campus in the centre of Wolverhampton. A team of researchers, academics and knowledge transfer specialists will establish the Centre, supplemented by additional university expertise as necessary. The Centre has received £3.2million of ERDF grant to fund the staffing and equipping of the Centre, with the remit to both build a brownfield knowledge hub for the region, and to directly support businesses in the Black Country.
The Research and Innovation Centre will be created to form the essential and much-needed core of Brownfield expertise in the Black Country sub-region. The centre will develop a knowledge bank on remediation best practice, and will share gathered intelligence and expertise with stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to identify, research and support regional demand for release of brownfield land for development. It will inform on how land and buildings can be restored, remediated and bought back into use, with a particular focus on bio-remediation and environmental sensitivities, and developing environmentally sound solutions for complex remediation issues.
Target beneficiaries include local enterprises, including the Black Country local authorities, large contractors and SME’s seeking improved links with the University on brownfield remediation and interested in engaging in research collaborations with the Centre. BRIC will be investing in scanning and testing facilities to support existing soils, materials and bioremediation expertise to bring together a team of sufficient size and with the necessary resources to tackle the Black Country’s complex brownfield challenges. Examples of companies targeted to work with the Centre include – those involved in demolition and site preparation, contractors, civil engineers, architects, surveyors and geospatial engineers, environmental consultancies, ecologists, and any other companies needing to access research in remediation of both land and buildings, to support innovation within their businesses. The ultimate beneficiary is the Black Country environment, benefiting from the Centre supporting the process of bringing de-contaminated land back into use for development, and therefore attracting investment into development in the region.
The new Centre will be based initially on Wolverhampton City Campus, with a planned move to the Springfield Campus once completed. Springfield itself is an ambitious project which aims to bring 12-acres of brownfield land, the site of the former Springfield Brewery, back into use, with strong links to the regeneration of Wolverhampton City Centre and the surrounding area.
We are seeking to recruit a team to add to the existing expertise within the Faculty who can drive forward the project and ensure delivery of the business and research outputs. All roles are part funded by the European Regional Development Fund with funding secured to 30th September 2020.
The role of the Project Manager is to manage the delivery of the BRIC project, ensuring that the BRIC project is delivered to contract, and to contracted budget.
You will be expected to manage relationships with DCLG as the funding body for the project, and ensure that appropriate information is provided to this body at the appropriate time.
You must be able to co-ordinate links with industry, the BRIC delivery team, business networks, Growth Hubs, other HEIs, public and private bodies that could support the beneficiaries of BRIC. It would be beneficial if you are able to contribute towards achieving the outputs of the project by working directly with a number of SME’s.
The University of Wolverhampton values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.