Research Centre Wants Say In Planning Of Sports Training Centre.
TARRC vice-chairman and chief executive officer Salleh Subari said it was important that the centre be consulted at the planning stage so that the development of the sports training facility would not interrupt the activities of the research centre.
"Research and development (R&D) activities at TARRC must continue because it is important to the industry in Malaysia," he told Malaysian journalists who visited the facility in Brickendonbury, Hertfort, north of London.
Research at the TARRC is geared towards downstream industries mainly in engineering designs and advanced material.
It is seated on a 40-acre piece of land bought by the Malaysian government for R&D activities under the Malaysian Rubber Board.
The proposal to build a sports complex at the TARRC had created controversy when various quarters questioned the motive of the government to spend a massive sum of money on the project.
The TARRC is the UK-based laboratory of the world's largest single R&D establishment dedicated to rubber.
It was formerly the British Rubber Research Centre, established in 1938.
The Malaysian Rubber Board has two R&D facilities namely the TARRC in UK and the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Salleh anticipated that the development of the sports training centre there would take some time as it would involve various levels of approvals by the local government.
Considering the fact that the TARRC is part of the green belt area and some of its buildings have been listed as heritage buildings, there are also many restrictions in the construction of buildings in certain areas there such as certain buildings cannot be taller than the tallest tree, he said
The main office of the TARRC is now housed in a 300-year-old mansion.
Salleh said as far as the TARRC is concerned, it was leaving it to the government to decide whether the sports training centre should be built there because the area still had much vacant land.
He said the TARRC was the venue for the annual celebration of the Malaysian Independence Day for Malaysians staying in UK.