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NETPark – The North East Technology Park

NETPark – The North East Technology Park


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NETPark – the North East Technology Park – is an internationally recognised location for science and technology companies in the UK, providing a dynamic and supportive environment to accelerate the growth of ambitious, innovative, high tech companies into global markets. NETPark encourages collaborative multidisciplinary links, driving innovation, enterprise and economic prosperity.

We provide companies with access to a focused and international community where talent flourishes, ideas are generated and businesses have the support and resources to compete with the best in the world.

We match what’s needed with what’s possible. We bring together those who demand new ideas and new solutions with those who can provide them with an exceptional environment, a talented workforce and a local readymade manufacturing supply chain.

NETPark focuses on supporting companies that are integrating materials into high value innovative products, particularly printable electronics, microelectronics, photonics and nanotechnology, and their application in the fields of energy, defence, and medical-related technologies.

These unique strengths combine with an extremely high quality environment and immediate land availability to provide a preferred location for developing high-technology businesses and offer a range of attractive investment opportunities.

Operating in the global economy

NETPark enjoys a strategic location well equipped to serve the UK market including excellent road and rail access, and is ideally placed for links with mainland Europe via nearby international airports at Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle, and extensive North Sea port facilities.

The North East’s realistic land prices and property rentals provide prospective occupiers with requirements for growth and have already attracted to the region many of the biggest names in industry as well as a host of smaller businesses, providing a range of collaborative and supply chain opportunities.

NETPark Incubator

The NETPark Incubator is a total support environment in which science and technology businesses can develop and grow. With over 4,000m² of dedicated incubation space, the NETPark Incubator accelerates the success of knowledge-based companies. 

The facility offers a mix of flexible office and laboratory space where science and technology businesses can achieve their full potential and compete with the best in the world. This combines with a full range of business and technology support services, designed to help navigate every stage of technology commercialisation and growth.


Grow On Space - NETPark Discovery 1 & 2 – Explorer

A development of two new buildings, each of over 1,800m², providing space for expanding technology companies. Each building offers a choice of office, laboratory and the option for clean room facilities in self-contained suites which are ideal for established companies or large R&D groups. 

The Discovery facilities are only one part of the NETPark community. As your business develops you will find no shortage of room to grow into larger space on the park. NETPark offers a number of opportunities for investment and development centred on individual development plots ranging from 1 to 4 acres, underpinned with communications networks, high-tech R&D facilities, a skilled workforce and access to finance.

Due to be completed in 2016, Explorer will offer bespoke laboratory/clean room/office spaces ranging from 300m² to 470m² each.  Completed to client requirements, Explorer units will enhance the NETPark offering and provide grow on space for graduating incubation companies as well as established businesses.

The NETPark Research Institute

The Research Institute is specifically designed for R&D and low volume complex equipment prototyping and manufacture and is home to Durham University’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI) which collaborates with observatories and space agencies world-wide in the construction, commissioning and exploitation of innovative high-precision instrumentation.

Staffed by researchers, technicians and research students, CfAI develops instruments across a wide range of disciplines including astronomical instrumentation, biophysics, remote sensing and fusion diagnostics. The Research Institute also conducts projects in Astronomical Adaptive Optics, used to correct dynamic aberrations in optical systems.

World class facilities

NETPark boasts a facility of international significance which is now at the heart of the national High Value Manufacturing Catapult.

CPI manages the National Printable Electronics Centre at NETPark and works closely with industry, from multinationals to high-tech start-ups, investors, government agencies and leading researchers to stimulate and manage market-led innovation.

This collaborative approach to supporting high value manufacturing in the UK, means that companies locating at NETPark will be at the forefront of commercialisation, product development and innovation opportunities.

NETPark is also home to the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, which operates with the support of the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, Oxford. The Centre of Excellence works with SMEs and large enterprises to develop new products and services using space technology and data.

Support through NETPark Net

NETPark Net is a supportive, like-minded online community created so that entrepreneurial companies and individuals could share in NETPark’s benefits wherever they were based.

NETPark Net offers support services to assist technology based businesses maximise their potential for rapid growth. Companies at NETPark automatically receive free membership of NETPark Net – a virtual science and technology network that allows access to a total business support environment.

It gives your company access to virtual office services, news, publications, events, opportunities and support services to help businesses grow complemented by a range of events including monthly networking sessions, expert drop in clinics,  and market focused conferences, all designed to give your business the opportunity to grow.

Building an enterprising culture

We make it easy for companies to focus on successful growth and accelerate the success of knowledge-based companies by providing:

  • A range top-class facilities
  • Access to finance
  • Tailored business support
  • Access to world-class research and business opportunities.

NETPark companies can link into several national and international networks, including the Institute of Engineering and Technology, and the Institute of Physics.

Companies can also access potential global partners at over 450 other science and technology parks through NETPark’s active participation in the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) and the United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA).

University Involvement

Promoting co-operation between universities and business, facilitating technology transfer and providing space for business incubation are all part of the NETPark offer.

The Universities of Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside are all within a 30 minute drive. NETPark harnesses the strengths of these respected institutions in a central location and is founded on fast-track access to their world-class research expertise and learning facilities.

NETPark Community Outreach

NETPark is committed to delivering impact in our local community through our outreach and engagement programme.  NETPark offers events, projects, teacher CPD, and much more to engage and inspire people (young and old) about the wonders of science and build awareness of the opportunities that NETPark will offer.

Innovative County, Innovative Region

North East England has adapted to the need for industrial change and has made itself a key player in the national and global economies. Now the region is leading the way in fields as diverse as stem cell research, electric vehicles, microelectronics, x-ray detection, printable electronics, automotive components and the offshore industry.

North East England is also home to five world-class universities, including Durham University. The depth and quality of their combined research is formidable, covering fields such as nanotechnology, bio-science, electronics, chemistry, astronomy and engineering. 


NETPark – The North East Technology Park
County Durham
TS21 3FD

Contact:   Janet Todd
Job title:   NETPark Manager
Tel:   01740 625250
Email:   janet.todd@netparkincubator.co.uk
Website:   www.northeasttechnologypark.com

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Net Park Incubator - NETPark – The North East Technology Park

The NETPark Incubator is a total support environment, in which science and technology businesses can develop and grow.


The NETPark Incubator provides technology companies with the tools, infrastructure and other support necessary to create financially stable, high-growth enterprises. We turn the person with an idea into the person with a business.

A mix of quality office and laboratory space in self-contained units, Users can take as much or as little space as needed, with highly flexible occupancy terms.

For more information contact: Janet Todd, NETPark Manager enquiries@northeasttechnologypark.com


NETPark Discovery Centres -b NETPark – The North East Technology Park

A development of two new buildings, each of approximately 1,900m², provides space for expanding technology companies.

Built to the same high standards as the NETPark Incubator, each building can offer a range of office, laboratory and space for clean room facilities, in suites which are ideal for established companies or large research and development groups.

To find out more contact Janet Todd, NETPark Manager on enquiries@northeasttechnologypark.com


Land Development Opportunities - NETPark – The North East Technology Park

Strong public-sector support and immediate land availability have created a unique environment for investment and development driving R&D and technology commercialisation at NETPark.

NETPark is a key location in north east England linked to the national High Value Manufacturing Catapult through The Centre for Process Innovation’s (CPI) national flagship facility for printable electronics.

This, and the presence on-site of two of Durham University’s most advanced research groups combine to offer any technology business investing in NETPark the opportunity to co-locate with two of the UK’s major technology drivers.

It also means that the demand for specialised development space – office, laboratory or cleanroom, small or large – will gather in momentum as the benefits of these facilities make themselves felt in the form of new, highly commercial technologies and products.

NETPark offers a number of opportunities for investment and development centred on individual development plots ranging from 1 to 4 acres, underpinned by communications networks, high-tech R&D facilities, a skilled workforce and access to finance.

For more information please contact Janet Todd, NETPark Manager enquiries@northeasttechnologypark.com