The story so far
Keele University Science and Innovation Park has come a long way since its initial conception in the mid-1980s. Today the Park has in the region of 130,000sq.ft. of commercial mixed-use accommodation and has the necessary infrastructure in place for the development of a further 70 acres. Due to the close proximity to Keele University’s world-leading research knowledge and academic expertise, coupled with great transport links and its central location, demand for the highly-valued and prestige accommodation at Keele University Science and Innovation Park has been consistently high, resulting in the need to continually expand the Park’s offering to businesses.
The Park’s first Innovation Centre, IC1, was officially opened in 2001 by Her Majesty The Queen, with companies having taken residence in the new facility two years prior (1999).
In 2002, a year after IC1’s official opening, the second Innovation Centre (IC2) was completed and opened its doors to its first tenants.
A few years later, the second phase of the Park was completed with the opening of two more Innovation Centres – IC4 in 2005 and IC3 in 2006.
In 2015, the Park rebranded from a Science and Business Park to a Science and Innovation Park to reflect its focus on growing technology-led organisations.
Innovation Centre 5 (IC5) was completed in August 2016. The building is owned and funded by Staffordshire County Council as part of their commitment to investing in local business, and is managed by Keele University.
IC5 was the first facility to be built as part of the next phase of the Park. Located adjacent to the existing accommodation, 13 development plots owned by Keele University Science and Business Park Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Keele University) were created to expand the Park further and provide further opportunities to innovative businesses.
In 2018, the Science and Innovation Park became home to Britain’s first independent purpose-built centre dedicated to people with autism. The £18million Caudwell International Children’s Centre officially opened in 2019 and aims to transform the way that those affected by autism can be supported.
The Denise Coates Foundation Building was completed in September 2019. A unique and ambitious project, the building co-locates Keele Business School, the Smart Innovation Hub and Innovation Centre 6, providing a range of office accommodation, business support and collaboration opportunities.
In September 2019, Keele University was awarded University Enterprise Zone (UEZ) status, heralding a new era for what is already the highest value employment site of its kind in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Investment from Research England in the Keele Growth Corridor University Enterprise Zone will leverage £33million of public and private sector investment. The new investment will help the creation of a seventh Innovation Centre on the Keele University Science & Innovation Park, with a focus on commercialising research on artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data.
Exciting expansion plans are in place to deliver further new high-quality prestige facilities that will enable the co-location and growth of more knowledge-intensive businesses onto the Park. Both existing and future facilities will continue to offer new business incubation opportunities alongside inspiring spaces for established companies, created to deliver unique environments that will enhance the development of academic and business collaborations and the creation of new ventures and high-value jobs.