Statement by James Dyson Foundation spokesperson following the
decision by Bath and Northeast Somerset Council to award the South
Quays site to an extension of Bath Spa University following a competitive
"Naturally we're disappointed by the Council's decision. Our plans for the
Dyson School of Design Innovation were at an advanced stage. We've
been progressing the plans for more than two years and invested over £3
million. The Dyson School had received a great reception from local
schools, parents and children in and around Bath.
But we're still utterly committed to getting the Dyson School up and
running. We're currently investigating other sites and are confident that
the School will go ahead in the South West. Despite losing the site we'll
endeavour nonetheless to involve Bath's young people in the excitement
and challenge of design and invention. We're working with Airbus, Rolls-
Royce and Williams Formula 1, the ultimate aim being to get more young
people pursuing careers in science and engineering."
The Dyson School of Design Innovation is a unique private-public initiative
supported by the James Dyson Foundation, the Learning and Skills Council
and the South West of England Regional Development Agency. It will be
a national centre of excellence for engineering which will produce a new
generation of engineers and designer who'll help secure a prosperous
future for the UK. The school will offer 14-19 year olds locally and nationally
practical programmes in engineering, design and enterprise. Students will
have hands-on experience of the latest technology - more often seen in
industrial research and development centres.