The Exeter Science Park continues to grow
Published on: 11 June 2014
Exeter Science Park Centre will have tenants moving in from April 2015.
After a number of years of planning the Exeter Science Park is becoming a reality, with construction of the Centre for collaboration and innovation on track and due to open its doors April 2015.
The BREEAM excellent Centre is the second building on the 64 acre site ring-fenced for the Science Park and joins Eagle House, the first building on the Park, which was completed at the end of 2013 where S-Commerce tech company blur Group became the first tenants.
blur Group Chief Executive, Philip Letts said: “The South West combines innovation and technology excellence, a great mix of universities with both academic and venture focus and an established reputation in attracting leading tech firms while providing great incubation and support for earlier stage businesses. The Centre will attract other science and tech companies to the area and we look forward to building networks and sharing expertise."
The new Centre has been designed to facilitate ‘open Innovation’ collaborative working to support the growth of R&D-intensive businesses. It is set to be the heart of the park, comprising of 30,000sq ft over three floors with a mixture of office and laboratory accommodation.
The Centre will be ideal for spin-out and start-up companies, with tenants benefitting from dedicated business advisors and resilient internet connectivity as well as being part of a well-networked business and research environment.
Professor Sir William Wakeham, Chairman of Exeter Science Park said: “Science Parks are about bringing together the research and business community to enable growth, the Centre will play a central role in achieving this through developing a collaborative environment and fostering ties between businesses and research-intensive organisations such as the University of Exeter and its Medical School, Northwyke – Rothamsted Research and the Met Office.”
Exeter Science Park is part of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point development programme representing a £2 billion investment, where a number of strategic projects are set to deliver more than 20,000 new homes and in excess of 25,000 jobs by 2026.
The building of the Centre has been made possible with shareholder equity from Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council, the University of Exeter; a £4.5 million loan from the Growing Places Fund through the Heart of the South West LEP; and a £1 million grant from the Regional Growth Fund.
The Exeter Science Park team welcome ideas on ways of developing links between researchers and businesses, should you have any suggestions or want to find out more about the Science Park please contact the team on 01392 72 2226 or visit the website.