Underpinning the principles of the New Keele Deal, this project will create a world-leading Digital Innovation Centre that promotes Keele University as a regional hub supporting digital business, knowledge and innovation.
The building will provide a home and a showcase for the University’s world-leading research into digital themes and technology, acting as a demonstrator for Smart Energy, Cities and Transport and promoting the highest sustainability standards. The region is host to some big-name global businesses that have provided large numbers of jobs for the area. However, just as important for job creation are the tens of thousands of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which call Staffordshire home. A new dedicated building will allow academics, researchers and industry to co-locate in a shared space which facilitates the exchange of ideas in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment.
A Digital Innovation Team will provide the skills, knowledge and technology to support internal and external partners to develop and grow their businesses and research themes. This investment will help Keele University and its partners to realise the benefits from research and innovation, to generate significant local economic growth, improve local health and care and put the region at the heart of the UK’s transition to a lower carbon economy.
Construction of the IC7 building will commence in April 2021 with completion planned for May 2022.