• Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre

Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub

An important role of the Hub at Newport will be to increase farmer uptake of innovative technologies to increase the overall benefits to UK farming. We will undertake participatory workshops with farmers and smallholders to allow them to jointly create a vision for the use of new technologies in agriculture alongside scientists and engineers.

The hub has meeting space for up to 50 people, a Costa cafe and parking for 80 cars.

Facilities at the Midlands Hub include:

Serviced office space – Already being used by a variety of clients and businesses we offer fully serviced office space both as desk spaces in an open plan environment and lockable private offices. The space gives clients the opportunity to work alongside other innovative organisations.

Workshop space – opportunities to hire space in our large (500m2) prototyping workshop.

  • A flexible mix of double height bays with overhead crane service, and single height private bays.
  • Equipped with tools, rapid prototyping equipment, and basic fabrication facilities.
  • Proximity to manufacturing hub Telford also gives us options for next day delivery of precision parts.

Dairy – The new on-site dairy facilities will enable scientists, agri-engineering companies and the industry to work together to develop the next generation of dairy technology. The 50-cow robotic milking shed was designed specifically for trial work so is a great resource to complement the 300 herd commercial dairy run by Harper Adams, also on-site.

Hands Free Hectare – Agri-EPI are collaborating closely with the Hands Free Hectare team based at Harper Adams on projects looking at increasing automation and integrating 5G technology. The hectare (on-site) provides a great resource for development work in this sector.

To find out more about the Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub please get in touch.