The Scott Brownrigg-designed National Maritime Systems Centre (NMSC) at Portsdown Technology Park [PTP] in Portsmouth was officially opened by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, on Monday 10 May 2021.
During her visit, The Princess Royal enjoyed demonstrations of some of the critical work carried out at the NMSC in its new secure facilities. Demonstrations, provided by QinetiQ’s recent graduate and apprentice intake, illustrated the complex systems engineering work being done for the Royal Navy.
The Park is the UK’s focal point for design, integration, test, evaluation and front line support for the complex software-intensive systems that deliver the Royal Navy’s fighting capability.
Commissioned by QinetiQ, the Centre will spearhead technological advances including autonomy, intelligent systems and big data.
Faced with a long-term, strategic need for a facility that is capable of exploiting emerging technologies at pace, Scott Brownrigg designed a Centre that offers 5,195 sq m of state-of-the-art combat systems laboratories, office space, a central glazed atrium, auditorium and a number of other important assets.
Briefed to attract the next generation of talent, the contemporary open plan space provides a modern working environment with views over Portsdown Harbour and Winchesters’ rolling hills. From its prominent position on top of Portsdown Hill, the building is easily visible, with a central glazed auditorium emerging from the chalk rock landscape.
As well as being a centre for excellence for maritime systems experts, the newly completed Centre will play a key role in bringing new ideas and job opportunities to the local area. An Innovation and Collaboration Hub (ICH) will offer opportunities for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to collaborate with QinetiQ and other tenants.