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Keele University Science and Innovation Business Park

Keele University Science and Innovation Business Park


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Background and Partners

Keele University Science and Innovation Park is wholly owned by Keele University, located in North Staffordshire. The Science Park, which was established in the mid-1980s, currently provides around 150,000 square feet of commercial mixed-use accommodation. The Infrastructure is now complete for the development of a further 70 acres. In more recent years Keele University Science and Innovation Park has since been designated a priority investment site within North Staffordshire and has become a cluster site for technology and healthcare-based businesses.

The role of the Science Park is to support the growth of innovative businesses, particularly those active in research and development within the West Midlands region, by providing a high quality 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-up businesses to existing larger businesses seeking to expand/relocate, as well as attracting knowledge-based companies from overseas, across a broad range of science and technology sectors.

Progress to Date

Keele University Science and Innovation Park is one of the leading developments of its kind in the heart of the United Kingdom, allowing companies to locate to an environment that provides an innovative research culture combined with academic expertise and the University‘s specialist resources. It currently serves biotech, medical, IT, Environment and Professional Services. The University‘s growing links with large and small businesses, especially in hi-tech areas, has created a key regional centre of excellence that is both an asset to the local economy and the region and allows relocating companies to access wider and diverse resources of the Midlands and North West.

The Science Park‘s Innovation Centre Developments provide some 100,000 square feet of mixed use accommodation with suites starting from 200 square feet. In view of the growth in demand for medical, healthcare and hi-technology space, as well as the Science Park‘s commitment to the establishment of a medical cluster in North Staffordshire, the Science Park developed two bespoke Innovation Centres, MED IC4 and MED IC3. These two buildings provide specially designed hi-spec accommodation for innovative medical and hi-technology businesses. They offer a mix of high specification laboratory units, as well as high quality office accommodation and high quality workshop space for light manufacturing.

The Science Park also provides a dedicated business support team who provide and facilitate a range of general and specialist business support services to all the companies located on the site.

The University‘s new Medical School together with its teaching hospital, University Hospitals North Midlands, have been key drivers in attracting innovative med-tech businesses to North Staffordshire.

Latest Developments

Full planning permission has already been attained for the next major phase of development at Keele University that will encompass a further 70-acre site for development. It is the University‘s intention to build on the academic and economic successes of recent developments such as the Medical Sciences Complex and the Science Park Innovation Centres and Science Park buildings.

The development of 38 acres, designated for mixed-use development and a further 32 acres for roads, services, open space and landscaping is now underway. A fifth Innovation Centre, IC5, will open in July 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 energy markets by harnessing Keele University’s infrastructure to facilitate the development and testing of renewable and smart energy technologies.

Planning permission has been granted for a 150-bed, 4* flagship international hotel with conferencing facilities. Offering world-class facilities, the hotel will provide an attractive, contemporary setting in which to entertain clients, relax after work or host meetings, conferences and training events.

Of particular significance for the Science Park is the fact that the development site will provide opportunities for companies both current and new to undertake their own design and build facilities on the Science Park site. This new development site also offers the existing Science Park the opportunity to consolidate its position as a leading provider of high-quality accommodation to the knowledge economy in the West Midlands


Keele University Science and Innovation Park, one of the UK‘s fastest growing Science Parks, is located in unspoilt countryside on the 617 acre Keele University Campus site, just 2 miles from the market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme and about 5 miles west of the city of Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands.

The benefits of the conveniently situated central location are:

  • just 10 minutes from Junctions 15 and 16 of the M6 motorway, giving fast and easy access to the national motorway network and M6 toll road
  • four international airports, Manchester, Birmingham, East Midlands and Liverpool all located within about 1 hour‘s travel time
  • excellent rail links from Crewe, Stoke and Stafford. London is only 1 hour 25 minutes away by inter-city train
  • 14 miles from proposed HS2 station
  • choice of living in rural villages, market towns or the city
  • key companies in the region include, JCB, Bentley Motors, Michelin, Tarmac, Siemens, Navman, and Wedgwood.


Keele University Science and Innovation Park offers high quality, high-spec serviced office/laboratory/workshop accommodation, with units starting at 400 square feet.

Flexible lease or all-inclusive 12 month licence agreements are available.

A service charge covers security services, maintenance of the buildings and grounds, lighting and cleaning in common areas, reception services. Rates are payable directly to the local authority. All facilities management of the buildings is provided by staff located on the actual University/Science Park site and therefore provide an immediate and accessible response.

The Science Park also offers excellent opportunities for companies who wish to undertake Design and Build projects to their own specifications either on the existing campus or as part of the new development site.

Services to Science Park clients include:

  • access to buildings 24/7
  • dedicated car parking adjacent to building or pay and display close by
  • meeting rooms with integrated multimedia provision
  • dedicated on-site business support
  • dedicated on-site facilities management
  • electronic swipe card security system in all Science Park buildings ensuring secure access at all times
  • CCTV
  • 24 hour on-site security staff
  • on-site delivered catering
  • office administration and Virtual PA services.


Additional Services

Virtual Office – Keele University Science and Innovation Park understands that each business is unique, and it recognises that for some companies, particularly in the earliest development phase, facilities may not be required but a credible business address is crucial.

On-Site Facilities

Operational management is provided by the University‘s dedicated on-site management team that includes Head of the Science Park, Facilities Manager and administrative support.

The Management Team responsible for the Science Park are all located on the University campus and this team is responsible for all areas of Science Park activity and strategic decision making, with major emphasis focused on customer relations, quality and ‘added value‘ for customers.

On-site services:

  • top class restaurants, bistros, cafes and bars
  • bank and banking facilities, newsagent, bookshop, supermarket
  • mail management services
  • vast range of conference, meeting and training rooms
  • on-site day nursery
  • leisure centre


Innovation Community

The Science and Innovation Park is located central to the main campus with immediate access to all academic, research, commercial, media and communications, social and sports facilities.

Keele University Science and Innovation Park is not a stand-alone complex. The vibrant, innovative community of businesses occupying the Science Park Innovation buildings are linked directly to the University via the Directorate of Engagement & Partnerships.  Within this office a multidisciplinary team offers access to Research expertise, Intellectual Property licensing opportunities, internships and graduate placements. Keele offers a unique campus facility for conferencing, business presentations and corporate entertainment that has been benchmarked as the “Best UK Academic Conference Venue” for many years.

University‘s Expertise

Keele University is a research-based university and has undertaken a keen focus of its research profile building on areas recognised national and international strength. Key fields of high quality research activity include: Cell and Molecular Biology, Tissue Engineering, Cell Therapy, Materials Science, Environmental Science, Clean Technology, Catalysis, Photochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Computational Modelling and Simulation.

Companies located at Keele University Science and Innovation Park

The Science Park now provides accommodation for over 30 companies - clients located on the park include:

Adecco Enterprise – www.adecco.co.uk

Aerobact Ltd

Ajilon – www.ajilon.com

Alliance Medical – www.alliancemedical.co.uk

Allocate Software plc – www.allocatesoftware.com

Anaxsys Technology Limited – www.anaxsys.co.uk

Biocomposites Ltd – www.biocomposites.com

CIF Management Consultants Ltd – www.ciflean.co.uk

Cobra Biologics plc – www.cobrabio.com

Computer People – www.computerpeople.co.uk

Crystil Engineering Limited – www.crystil-engineering.co.uk 

Daro Design Ltd – www.darodesign.co.uk

Dermal Technology Laboratory Ltd – www.dermaltechnology.com

Digipigeon Limited – www.digipigeon.com

DIMEC Ltd – www.dimec.co.uk

Ecorys UK Ltd – www.uk.ecorys.com

Fusemail – www.fusemail.com

George & Partners – www.lyco-plus.co.uk

GVA Acuity Ltd – www.acuity.uk.net

Health Services Research Unit – Keele University

HCL Marketing and Communications – www.hcl.uk.com 

Heimdall Protective Tech Ltd – heimdallprotectivetech.co.uk 

Internet Central Ltd – www.internet-central.net 

Kaneatron Ltd – kaneatron.com 

More Than Just Design Ltd – www.morethanjustdesign.co.uk 

Navman Wireless UK Ltd – www.navmanwireless.co.uk 

Noreus Ltd - http://noreus.solutions/

Omni Heat & Power Ltd – omnihp.co.uk

Process Clarity Ltd - http://www.process-clarity.com/

Pontoon - http://www.pontoonsolutions.com/

Poole Dick Associates Ltd – www.pooledick.co.uk

Scion International Limited

Secret Attic Software Ltd - www.secretattic.co.uk

Siemens Wind Power R&D – www.siemens.com/wind

Tech RecIT Ltd - www.techrecit.com

Thea Pharmaceuticals Ltd - www.spectrumthea-pharmaceuticals.co.uk

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association – www.bathroom-association.org

Uniting Ambition – www.unitingambition.com




Keele University Science and Business Park

Contact:   Dr Mark Bacon
Job title:   Director of Engagement & Partnerships
Tel:   01782 733644
Email:   kusip@keele.ac.uk
Website:   www.kusbp.co.uk

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Innovation Centres - Keele University Science & Innovation Business Park

Our Innovation Centres offer a range of high-spec offices, laboratories and high quality workshops.  Units are available from 200 sq ft upwards.  Lettings are undertaken by way of lease agreements from 3 years upwards or short-term tenancy agreements.  

Our latest Innovation Centre, IC5, is currently under construction and will provide a further 28,836 sq ft of quality office, laboratory and workshop facilities.  

Please contact Dr Mark Bacon, Interim Head of Keele University Science and Innovation Park, on 01782 734467 to arrange a viewing or click here.

Innovation Centre 5 - University Science & Innovation Business Park

Innovation Centre 5 will provide high quality office and workshop Accommodation forming the latest phase of the highly successful Keele University Science and Innovation Park.


Please contact Dr Mark Bacon, Interim Head of Keele University Science and Innovation Park, on 01782 734467 to arrange a viewing or click here.

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The Nova Centre - University Science & Innovation Business Park

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Contact Lucy Delaney today on 01782 734603 or l.delaney@keele.ac.uk, or follow the link