AUB secured funding from Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership (Dorset LEP) to support businesses in Dorset to research, innovate and develop their ideas by providing the Innovation Studio, which will act as base for small business start-ups, many of which will be AUB graduates.

These businesses will also be assisted by leading experts who work at the University and from contacts in the wider industry.

The Innovation Studio has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the region by encouraging employability between the University and local business, acting as a catalyst for growth.

AUB has commissioned CRAB Studio architects to work on the project, who also recently designed the existing multi award-winning Drawing Studio on campus.

The building will be two and a half storeys in height, and will fit alongside the existing Workshop Building and University House on the campus.

The Innovation Studio has been designed to be both functional for its purpose and inspiring in its appearance.