A local authority has approved plans to extend a Colwick industrial site to offer motorsport engineering students hands-on experience.
The unit, located at 33 Waterside Way in Colwick, has been used by The National Design Academy (NDA), for thirty years to deliver higher education courses for its National Motorsport Academy.
Other businesses based in the unit include Central Lotus, Paintseal Direct, Treadmark Tyres, DR Bodyshop, B.spoke furniture and Competitive Carbon Composites.
Nottingham City Council has backed the facility which provides work experience to students taking part in Motorsport Engineering degrees in conjunction with the Staffordshire University Automotive Engineering Centre and currently employs 24 staff.
The expansion plans were put forward by the NDA in February 2017 and propose the extension will provide exhibition space for educational training facility, light industrial work and retention specialist motorsport dealership.
A statement filed with the proposals said the extension will provide ‘economic and social benefits’ by creating jobs and providing students with further experience in the industry.
It also states the development will ‘assist in meeting the proposed vision’ of the Council for the regeneration of the Waterside Industrial Area.
As part of the project, the Central Lotus sales operation will also be relocated to a prominent space and the facility will be home to the Lotus GTE Le Mans race car when not racing.