Huge £3.6m plan to build ‘game-changing’ virtual reality labs in city will create 200 new jobs

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Solent LEP invests £3.6m in Centre for Creative and Immersive eXtended Reality.Leaders from economic development group the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership last night green-lit the multi-million pound investment in the University of Portsmouth.The huge cash injection will fund the creation of 12 space-aged labs specialising in future developments in virtual reality and augmented reality.Set to be based at the university’s Eldon Building, in Winston Churchill Avenue, the state-of-the-art additions will be the only ones of their kind in the south coast.Solent LEP invests £3.6m in Centre for Creative and Immersive eXtended Reality.Sign up to our daily newsletterThe i newsletter cut through the noiseAbout 200 jobs are expected to be created over the next decade as a result of the move, which will support 800 businesses in creating new technologies.Portsmouth City Council leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said the windfall was ‘fantastic news’, which would put the city on the map ‘in a big way’.’This is absolutely game-changing for the creative industries in Portsmouth,’ he told The News last night. ‘We’re going to be the only place on the south coast that’s got this ability.‘It really puts Portsmouth on the map in a big way. This …

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