Energy Central Institute

This institute will build on the recent expansion of offshore related industrial and research facilities located at Blyth Quayside

Blyth Energy Central Institute will establish an industry-led research, innovation and skills hub in the heart of Blyth town centre, positioning the North East and the UK as a global leader in all aspects of the energy sector (generation, testing, distribution, and supply)

This facility will provide industry-led research, innovation and skills provision in Blyth town centre.  It builds on Blyth’s international reputation in offshore wind and renewables.  The Institute will drive the productivity, efficiency and growth of the energy sector in the North East and UK. The project is phase 3 of the ‘Energy Central Campus’ and builds on phase 1 the existing BEACH Centre and phase 2 the planned Energy Central Learning Hub on Blyth Quayside. 

The campus provides learning and development facilities, harnessing the skills of local people inspiring STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics) career pathways from school age to higher education.   

Benefits 

Located on Bridge St close to the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, the Institute focuses on future technologies (eg robotics, digitisation, and autonomous systems). It will support North East and UK businesses to develop technology and intellectual property capturing wealth generated by the sector.  

It provides a town centre gateway and a catalyst for local people to access opportunities. Subject to site acquisition, it will be located on the current Arriva bus depot, a site which has no external animation and does not draw people into the town centre. 

Timescale 

Funded by a combination of the Government’s Future High Street Fund with match funding from a combination of sources including Northumberland County Council, the scheme will be delivered by 2026. This timeframe will involve full and detailed planning including extensive community consultation on the detail of the scheme.  Initial funding confirmation is due in the Autumn.

A central glazed atrium will provide the focal point and entrance to flexible floor space across two interconnected buildings.  It will provide a visible and accessible presence linking portside activity to the community providing a visible and inclusive route into opportunities in the energy sector.