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130 England | Full Member Keele University Science and Innovation Park L ocati on Keele Staffordshire ST5 5NH C ontact detai l s Science & Innovation Park Office T: 01782 734 321 E: UKSPA Directory 2017 Keele University Science and Innovation Park is one of the leading developments of its kind in the country. Located in the heart of the UK, it offers companies an environment that provides an innovative research culture combined with academic expertise and specialist resources. It currently serves Biotech, Medical, IT, Environment, and Professional Services. The University’s growing links with large and small businesses, especially in high-tech areas, have created a key regional centre of excellence that is an asset to the local and regional economies and allows companies to access wider and diverse resources across the Midlands and North West. One of the longest-established and fastest-growing parks in the UK, Keele University Science and Innovation Park provides around 180,000 sq ft of commercial mixed-use accommodation, with infrastructure in place for the development of a further 70 acres. The Park has been designated a priority investment site within North Staffordshire and is a cluster site for technology and healthcare-based businesses. The Science Park supports the growth of innovative businesses, particularly those active in research and development, by providing a renowned location, state-of-the-art accommodation and a range of business support services. The park is equally suitable for a wide range of companies from start-ups to existing larger businesses seeking to expand or relocate, as well as attracting knowledge-based companies from overseas, across a broad range of science and technology sectors. The Science Park’s Innovation Centres provide some 130,000 sq ft of mixed use accommodation, with suites starting from 200 sq ft. This includes two buildings providing specially-designed high-spec accommodation for innovative medical and high-technology businesses, offering a mix of laboratory units alongside office accommodation and workshop space for light manufacturing. L atest De velopments Full planning permission has been granted for the next major phase of development, which encompasses a further 70 acres for expansion, building on the academic and economic successes of recent developments such as the Medical Sciences Complex and the range of Science Park buildings. This development – comprising 38 acres of mixed-use accommodation and a further 32 acres for roads, services, open space and landscaping – is now underway. The fifth Innovation Centre, IC5, was completed in August 2016, with further Innovation Centres due to follow. A further development will be a national R&D facility to deliver UK comparative advantage in global smart