About Snowdonia Enterprise Zone
At the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, this Zone’s two truly unique sites combine their natural assets with heritage to offer the ideal environment for low carbon energy, ICT or aerospace-related businesses.
This is a 50 hectare (123 acre) site around the former nuclear power station whose location makes it ideal for low carbon energy and ICT businesses.
Trawsfynydd has exceptional infrastructure: a natural, low-cost source of cooling from Wales’ largest man-made lake and from its fresh mountain air, and its own, nationally important grid infrastructure that delivers a reliable, green energy supply.
These assets have led to the site’s first-of-its-kind Small Modular Reactor (SMR) development potential. In September 2014 it was highlighted in an independent report by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMecHE) as a future candidate to host any future UK SMR deployment:
“The UK Government, in collaboration with the Welsh Government, should support making the existing nuclear-licensed site at Trawsfynydd in north Wales available as a location for the building and demonstration testing of an SMR.”
[Small Modular Reactors: A UK Opportunity, The ImechE Report, September 2014]
Trained security professionals are already in place at this site, which is also situated under restricted airspace.
This high level of security added to the site’s sustainable, reliable power and natural cooling sources and site-wide access to wider fibre optic services, make Trawsfynydd an attractive location both for a data centre operator and for low carbon energy-related companies.
Snowdonia Aerospace Centre
The 227.8 hectare (562 acre) Snowdonia Aerospace Centre is centred around the refurbished former MoD airfield at Llanbedr.
Set on a coastal peninsular, its outstanding feature is its segregated airspace: unique in the UK and the first of its kind in Europe, it allows simultaneous access by both civil and military operators for the routine testing of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems).
Significant investment in state-of-the-art facilities - with more currently underway - today, the site offers customers a turnkey solution in the form of a new operating environment for RPAS that combines airfield infrastructure with airspace management.
It’s tailor-made for the aerospace and associated industries, with dedicated MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul) and RPAS areas, and a business park dedicated to R&D Technology and light industrial uses.
Three runways - of 2.3km, 1.4km and 1.3km - take off into the Zone’s 7,100km² of segregated airspace, stretching over Cardigan Bay. A world-class facility for developing and testing of RPAS, it has been shortlisted as one of six preferred locations for the UK Spaceport.
And just a couple of hours away are the complementary facilities of Parc Aberporth, the UK’s only technology park dedicated to the development of technologies for the unmanned systems industry and an integral part of Wales’ RPAS ecosystem.