Thales Group

High-performance and low energy

Within easy access of the M4 and major transport hubs, the NDEC is housed on the site of the former Ebbw Vale steelworks. The award-winning building stretches over 500 square metres, and encompasses a number of low carbon and sustainable technologies, giving it a BREEAM Excellent rating. These include air source heat pumps, solar thermals, photovoltaic panels, electric car charging points, natural ventilation and day lighting.

Through the use of locally sourced materials, the building boasts a high-performance envelope, very good natural lighting conditions, low embodied energy and low energy consumption, making it both a planet-friendly and attractive environment to be in.

Cutting-edge facilities

The NDEC offers a variety of technologies and services all under one roof, designed to meet the needs of individuals, businesses and large organisations alike.

Our state-of-the-art facility consists of four main areas:

  1. The Cybels Lab

    Part of the wider Thales Cybels Cyber Security platform, the Cybels Lab provides businesses and organisations access to resources to design, develop and integrate their products and services, risk-free, with the aim of supporting regional business growth.

  2. The project zone

    This is where businesses and individuals can get hands-on with technology in a well-equipped and secure environment, in conjunction with the Digital Trust environment. This facility will be chargeable on a per user basis. Get in touch to find out more.

  3. A digital education centre


    Led by the University of South Wales, this area focuses on schools, citizens and SMEs, delivering training and education to help promote digital awareness, skills and understanding.

  4. An advanced cyber institute

    This area works to secure external funding for academia, and provides an environment that stimulates new designs and turns good ideas into deliverable products and services.

A central hub for everyone

The NDEC is accessed by people from all walks of life, with a wide range of digital abilities.

From local residents keen to learn more about digitisation and young people exploring technology as a career option; to SME owners hoping to expand their businesses and multi-national corporations investing heavily in ground-breaking innovation. The NDEC acts as a central hub for everyone involved in – or simply curious about – digital trust and technology.

Our services are free at the point of use (with the exception of the state-of-the-art project zone, which is chargeable per user), and run by a team of experienced, passionate technology enthusiasts equipped with all the knowledge and skills needed to ensure everyone is empowered to learn, grow and advance in the digital revolution. Please get in touch to find out how you can work with the NDEC

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