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Nucleus Business and Innovation Centre

Nucleus Business and Innovation Centre


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The Nucleus Business & Innovation Centre provides the ideal workspace for start-up and growing companies within the science and technology sector, offering flexible, professional premises with a range of business support services needed during the first vital years of operation.

The Nucleus Business & Innovation Centre is a modern and state-of-the-art, custom-built building in the heart of The Bridge, a centre for knowledge-based industries, providing over one million square feet of office, science and technology space.

Serviced offices and workshops 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 shared and virtual offices for those not ready for office space and an i-Lab for creative thinking.

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.

Nucleus BICOffice Environment

The Nucleus Business & Innovation Centre provides an impressive 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 Innovation Centre provides 30,000 square feet of instant, flexible, air conditioned office space. Individual offices range from 75 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft and can accommodate 64 companies with 1 to 25 employees. The centre is designed to help pioneering science and technology companies reach their full potential.

The centre is the ideal environment for start-up and early-stage companies. The costs are tightly controlled, there are no long term contracts and the day to day running of the office is in safe hands, leaving companies to concentrate on growing their business.

Companies at The Nucleus Business & 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
  • Receptionists service to answer calls in your company name and greet visitors, helping to provide a professional image
  • On-site conference and meeting facilities available to hire on a daily and hourly rate
  • Access to the i-Lab creative thinking space, to facilitate new ideas and support collaborative working
  • Access to superfast internet 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

Shared Offices - The Pod

The Pod is designed for start-up businesses, offering a soft financial landing, benefitting from a prestigious office address, access to the centre facilities, help from the centre staff and free business support. It is the ideal environment for the transition from a home office or simply a low cost one person workstation.

There are individual workstations in a spacious open plan office, all equipped with a desk, lockable storage, handset and fast internet connection. If your business develops and you need additional space then we have a variety of offices you can expand to, saving you the time and expense of moving.

Virtual Office

The Nucleus Business & 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. There really isn’t a better way to get your business off the ground.

Meeting and Conference Facilities

The Nucleus Business & Innovation Centre has 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 interview; there is a room to meet the requirements.

The rooms are fully equipped with presentation equipment, free WiFi, ample parking, break-out space and catering facilities are available on request. The experienced, professional reception team support bookings from start to finish; from arranging the catering to welcoming guests. 

Business Support

Through the on-site Regional Director, The Nucleus Business & Innovation Centre provides support and advice for businesses to achieve their objectives, helping with vision, strategy and effective implementation. This is not a chargeable service but a core feature of a true innovation centre.

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

The iLab

The iLab is something different. Those who enter it find themselves immersed in an innovative space that encourages creative thinking and lively interaction. A multi-sensory experience, users of the iLab can take advantage of state of the art collaborative software, write on the whiteboard walls of the oval shaped room, and use coloured lighting and background sound to evoke the right mood.

The iLab features ClickShare technology that enables participants to share content, literally at the touch of a button. The ClickShare device simply plugs into the US port of the individual’s device, and up to four devices can share the screen at one time.

Accommodating a group of up to 22 people, the iLab is suitable for any organisation that is keen to encourage participants to break free from their day-to-day approach to business thinking. The variety of uses include:

  • Team-building
  • Brainstorming
  • Creative development
  • Strategy Planning

The Bridge

The Nucleus Innovation Centre is located on The Bridge, a major centre for knowledge-based industries providing over one million square feet of office, science and technology space in the Thames Gateway, forming part of the Kent Innovation Corridor, a network of innovation centres in North Kent.

Oxford Innovation

The Nucleus Business and 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


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

The Nucleus is situated at The Bridge just off Junction 1A of the M25 in Dartford, Kent. Dartford is the closest station, The Bridge is a short Fastrack bus or taxi ride away.


The Nucleus Business & Innovation Centre
Brunel Way

Contact:   Kelly Brooker
Job title:   Senior Centre Manager
Tel:   01322 312000
Email:   nucleus@oxin.co.uk
Website:   www.nucleus-dartford.co.uk