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Advanced Metrology Laboratory at NPL Advanced Metrology Laboratory

A new investment in measurement science to enhance the capabilities of the UK in developing and applying advanced technologies.

David Willetts' Announcement

David WillettsThe Minister of State for Universities and Science announced the investment of £25 million in the new Advanced Metrology Laboratory at NPL on 24 January 2013, during an event at the Policy Exchange in London.


I can today announce we are providing an extra £25 million to build a state-of-the-art laboratory for cutting edge measurement research. The creation of advanced facilities at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington will allow scientists there to undertake leading edge research in key nano and quantum metrology programmes.

David Willetts,
Minister of State for Universities and Science
24 January 2013

The proposed Advanced Metrology Laboratory will enhance the UK's capabilities in quantum technologies, nanotechnologies and innovative materials, building on NPL's world-leading expertise. It will also facilitate interaction between NPL and industry, universities and other collaborators to help support UK growth through cutting-edge technological development and application.

The new facility at NPL will house an estimated 20 laboratories, for around 40 scientists, specially designed for high precision metrology. The new laboratories will provide a tightly controlled research environment with stable temperature and humidity levels and minimised interference from vibration (direct and acoustic), and electrical and magnetic fields.

The returns to the UK economy from government investment in measurement science are proven to be significant. Net benefits from the Advanced Metrology Laboratory are likely to be in excess of £500 million.

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