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Culham Innovation Centre

Culham Innovation Centre


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Culham Innovation Centre provides the ideal workspace for start-up and growing companies within the science and technology sector. Culham Innovation Centre was opened in 2001 as a result of a partnership between Oxford Innovation and UK Atomic Energy Authority Fusion and Industry.

Based in one of Europe’s most successful science hubs, Culham Innovation Centre hosts a community of dynamic start-ups within Culham Science Centre; home to the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the UK’s fusion research programme, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

Culham Innovation Centre provides ideal office, laboratory and workshop facilities for a diverse selection of start-up and growing companies; offering flexibility, professional premises and a range of other services designed to support companies during the vital early years of operation. Office sizes range to suit businesses at all stages of growth, and clients have the benefit of tailored business support that includes access to the Technical Support Package.

Serviced offices and laboratories are available to let on flexible terms, with as little as one months’ notice. The on-site meeting and conference rooms are ideal for client appointments or presentations and there’s a welcoming reception team to greet guests. The Centre also provides virtual offices for those not ready for office space.

The Centre differs from a standard business centre by offering a range of practical innovation and growth support that proactively encourages the development of start-ups, entrepreneurial and high-growth companies.

Supportive Office Environment

Culham Innovation Centre provides a nurturing base to work from, allowing businesses to grow within a lively environment where they will have access to the skills, knowledge and experience of similar individuals and companies.

The Centre has space for up to 30 companies in just over 10,000 sq ft of office space with offices ranging from 100 sq ft to 1,300 sq ft. The offices are ideal for science-related companies with 1-10 employees where they can benefit from a flexible, professional, supported and equipped office environment.

Companies at Culham Innovation Centre can benefit from the following:

  • On-site staff services and facilities management so the day to day running issues are taken care of
  • Licence agreement with as little as one month’s notice period
  • Easy to predict, clear and transparent monthly charges
  • Ability to upscale and downsize quickly
  • On-site conference and meeting facilities available to hire on a daily and hourly rate
  • Technical Support Package
  • Access to 100MB broadband and telephony connections
  • 24/7 office access and on-site security for peace of mind
  • Free on-site parking


Licence fee charges for the office space include all of the following:

  • Service charges
  • Business rates
  • Heating, water and electricity
  • Site management
  • Reception services
  • Buildings insurance and maintenance


Virtual Office

Culham Innovation Centre offers virtual office packages designed to provide you with a professional image for your business, without incurring the cost of renting office space. Ideal for start-up companies, those on the road or working from home.

Meeting and Conference Facilities

Culham Innovation Centre and Culham Conference Centre have a range of superb conference and meeting rooms available to hire by the hour or the day by internal or external companies. Whether space is needed for a conference, product launch, board meeting or an interview; there is a room to meet the requirements.

Workshops & Lab Space

At Culham Innovation Centre, we have a range of workshops & lab spaces available which are perfect for light manufacturing and research & development. Our workshops are adaptable spaces that can be tailored to your business’s needs. Our bespoke lab space offers your business between 150 sqft – 687 sqft of valuable space. Including 3-phase power supply and water supply. Lab and workshop equipment are available for purchase through the centre.

Business Support

As part of the supportive environment within Culham Innovation Centre, networking amongst customers is encouraged. Regular business networking events, as well as a range of training and learning events on relevant business topics in conjunction with partners, are held at the Centre.

Technical Support Package

Organisations located at Culham Innovation Centre can benefit from a unique Technical Support Package from the world renowned Fusion team at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

The package provides companies with access to complementary consultancy from the Special Techniques team and access to mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering skill and technologies.

Culham Science Centre

The Innovation Centre is located on Culham Science Centre, a purpose-built laboratory for the UK Fusion programme, set up in 1960 on a former Fleet Air Arm Airfield, and occupying approximately 180 acres.

The Culham Science Centre houses the head office of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the UK’s fusion research programme Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and the world’s largest fusion experimental facility JET (Joint European Torus). Teams of scientists from global partners are working together in a combined effort to create clean, sustainable energy sources for future generations.

On-site facilities include:

  • restaurant and coffee lounge
  • shop and hot breakfast bar
  • tennis courts and sports fields
  • recreational sports and social club
  • ample non-allocated parking
  • covered bike shelters
  • on site nursery
  • on site reprographics and printing services
  • manned 24 hour security
  • site access system for employees
  • conference and meeting facilities for up to 300 people


Oxford Innovation

Culham Innovation Centre is managed by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading business and innovation centre operator. Part of the SQW Group, which employs 180 staff, Oxford Innovation provide flexible office, laboratory, workshop and studio space to over 900 start-up and growing companies throughout a UK-wide network of business and innovation centres. For a full listing of Oxford Innovation’s centres, please visit the website at www.oxin-centres.co.uk.

Oxford Innovation also runs a range of business support programmes across the UK and three highly successful investment networks that link investors with entrepreneurs.

How to Find Us

Culham Innovation Centre is located 10 miles south-east of Oxford, 2 miles from the town of Abingdon and 5 miles from Didcot. Both Abingdon and Didcot are within easy reach of the A34, M40 and the M4. There is a railway station at Culham with links to Didcot Parkway with fast links to London, Oxford, the Midlands, South and North of the UK.


Culham Innovation Centre
D5 Culham Science Centre
OX14 3DB

Contact:   Sandie Alcock
Job title:   Centre Manager
Tel:   01865 408300
Email:   culham@oxin.co.uk
Website:   www.culham-ic.co.uk