New Science Park SParks into life
2 August 2011
SPark, the new Science Park for the Bristol & Bath region is almost ready to welcome its first tenants.
The first phase of building is now finished, most of the scaffolding has been taken down and businesses are making plans to move in from September 2011.
The 54 acre site is located in Emerson’s Green, on the outskirts of Bristol, near to the M4 - M32 junction and next to the newly opened National Composites Centre. The Innovation Centre will host science & technology-based spin-outs from the universities, entrepreneurs and young companies, with Grow-On space for larger companies and also bespoke development plots. Roads around the site honour scientists, including local physicist Paul Dirac and famous physics communicator Richard Feynman.
SPark has a vision to be an social, collaborative & creative community, where high tech businesses can work together and share ideas. There will be business support to help young companies grow and access the right advice, partners and funders. The site will also be open to the wider public and seeks to forge links with local schools & community groups.
The Science Park will act as a hub to connect business to new technologies and to accelerate the commercialisation of academic research across the area, which already boasts world-class research and commercial strengths in aerospace, defence, micro-electronics, digital design and green technologies. The site will provide a professional and supportive environment for collaboration between universities and businesses, to enable them to accelerate the commercialisation of new and applied technologies. It should prove to be a real boost for science in the Bristol & Bath region.
The whole park has been built with sustainability in mind and aspires to be a zero carbon site: with all buildings meeting BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards; around 200 square metres of solar photovoltaic panels already installed; safe cycle route access; and even plans for electric cars to be available for tenants to use.