Project overview

Based in a dedicated building housing specialist laboratories and testing facilities, the York Institute for Safe Autonomy will address global challenges in assuring the safety of robotics and connected autonomous systems. 

Funded through Research England’s flagship capital investment scheme, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF) and supported with funding from the Lloyd's Register Foundation and an international network of collaborative industrial partners and private donors.

The Initiative is a part of York Unlimited, the Campaign for the University of York through which we will create new ways for science and technology to help society.


Work started onsite in October 2020 and is due to complete in spring 2022 and open in summer 2022.


The project will provide: 

  • A world-leading ecosystem for research and innovation, education, public engagement, and commercial realisation
  • Workspace for up to 100 people, a rooftop lab, and specialist robotics design and testing equipment
  • A 'living lab' for autonomous technologies. The university will invest in infrastructure and work with local partners to develop spaces for testing autonomous land and air vehicles

How will this affect me?

There may be some disruption to buildings adjacent to the site but we will try and minimise this as much as possible. Construction traffic will use Lakeside Way as their access route and parking for the contractors will be in a dedicated car park near Constantine College. 

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Contact us

More questions? Please email the Campus Development Team

Contact us

More questions? Please email the Campus Development Team