A national centre for future technology development.

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“The modern working environment and fully equipped mechanical and engineering facilities provide the ideal headquarters to support the continued growth of our technology business.”

Stephen Irish
Managing Director, Hyperdrive Innovation

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“The appeal for Smith Technologies is that the Future Technology Centre provides us with everything we need for our product development activity.”

Doug MacAndrew
Vice President of Engineering and Development, Smith Technologies Ltd

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Welcome to a world-leading location for low carbon vehicle technology developed by Gateshead College.

The Future Technology Centre is a truly groundbreaking facility. It’s a unique, new, UK Centre dedicated to low carbon vehicle and smart home technology development. It’s where the future is being developed today.

From its premier location in the heart of North East England’s internationally recognised automotive industry, the centre provides the perfect environment for companies creating, innovating and realising products and services in the low carbon vehicle sector.

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Perfectly placed for innovation

Situated in Washington, Sunderland, the site lies within the A19 Ultra Low Carbon Vehicle Enterprise Zone, at the heart of the UK with excellent road, rail, sea and air links. Future Technology Centre also benefits from its proximity to OEMs – the area is home to one of the strongest, most developed low carbon and automotive supply chains in the UK – as well as an outstanding adjacent business park, the neighboring Turbine Business Park.

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Our Facilities

The 6.4 acre site offers a range of facilities over two newly developed buildings. The Centre’s proximity to North East England’s Performance Track, offers easy access to a major testing ground for low carbon technologies. The Centre and Performance Track are managed by Gateshead College an organisation recognised for skills development and delivery in the automotive and construction industries.

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