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Phase 1

Begbroke Science Park Innovation Accelerator: Phase 1

November 2015

We are delighted to announce that planning approval was given in October for Phase 1 of this project, which comprises the addition of 2200m² mixed-use flexible space for offices and wet/dry laboratories as an extension to the  Centre For Innovation and Enterprise.

Enabling works have now begun on site, with the building scheduled for completion in Summer 2016. Reservations are now being taken  - Call us today on 01865 283700 or email us to discuss your requirements.

Check out the gallery to see how the building is progressing - and follow us on Twitter @begbrokescience for the latest news from Begbroke Science Park.

 

Begbroke Science Park: Innovation Accelerator Public Consultation

Begbroke Science Park Centre For Innovation & Enterprise (CIE)

The University of Oxford is seeking feedback following two public consultation sessions relating to the University’s proposals to develop the existing Begbroke Centre of Innovation and Enterprise (CIE).

Begbroke Science Park is owned and managed by the University and provides a flexible and supportive environment encouraging links between start-up science-based companies, their more established counterparts, the University and wider academic community.

The proposed new building at Begbroke Science Park will meet the increasing demand for adaptable and flexible space, offering an environment that will nurture small innovative businesses working across various disciplines including medicine, big data, materials and engineering.

Last year the University received funds through the City Deal Initiative, sponsored by the Government, to develop further incubator units. The funding is split between the proposed BioEscalator at the University’s Old Road Campus in Headington, and the Begbroke Science Park.

The University was granted outline planning permission in April 2014 for approximately 22,000 square metres of research and development floor-space at Begbroke. The University is now looking to apply for planning permission for the detailed design of the proposed development.

We welcome feedback on the proposals prior to the University submitting a planning application for the development. An online feedback form is available here together with an electronic version of the display information: Begbroke Information Display Boards (1,337kb). The University will review all feedback and will take it into account before details are finalised and the detailed planning application submitted. The deadline for feedback is Monday 11 May 2015.

Any queries regarding the proposals should be sent to:begbroke@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford City Deal: Begbroke receives backing to build Innovation Acclerator

Begbroke Science Park receives backing to build Innovation Accelerator

January 2014: Oxford City Deal

osborne visit 1Begbroke Science Park was one of the winners in a deal in which £67m of funding was pledged to fund the future development of four science hubs in Oxfordshire.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, pledged £30m of Government money during a tour of Begbroke Science Park in January 2014. Begbroke will receive £4.2million from the Government, which will be matched by £7m from Oxford University to build a new Innovation Accelerator at the Park.

The new multi-use building will help small and medium-sized science businesses take their projects to market, and provide facilities for researchers from the University developing new innovative products and technologies.osborne visit 2

Dr Caroline Livingstone, Begbroke Science Park’s Manager, said she was delighted by the news, adding that “the announcement of funding for further expansion of the Park’s facilities will allow us to meet the needs of emerging businesses and their research counterparts in the future, and provide welcome employment for the county”.

The Chancellor met with business entrepreneurs from Oxford Gene Technology and Oxford Photovoltaics, as well as research group leaders, in a tour of the high tech labs and offices that opened at the Begbroke Science Park seven years ago.

Forming the centre piece of the Oxford City Deal, the Chancellor also announced cash for a further three Oxfordshire incubator centres, Harwell, Culham and the Oxford Bio-escalator in Headington.

osborne visit 3The funding will establish the region as a centre for high-tech production, attracting investment from both global and smaller companies into advanced manufacturing for jet and aerospace technology, medical research, nuclear engineering, superfast computers and robotics.

The Chancellor said “Oxfordshire is internationally recognised as a hub of innovation and we have to keep this up. The government will set out how we’re improving local infrastructure and investing in skills so we can take full advantage of these facilities in the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal later this week.”

Find out more about this announcement here.

See here for the official treasury release.

Full details on the Oxford City Deal can be read here.