Harwell Innovation Centre

Harwell Innovation Centre

Building 173, Curie Avenue
Harwell Oxford
OX11 0QG


Situated on the Harwell Campus within the Science Vale Oxford Enterprise Zone, home to one of the biggest specialist scientific and technology communities of its kind in Europe, Harwell Innovation Centre provides excellent links to both public and private sector organisations.

Companies love the supportive community within the centre, along with flexible office space which is enhanced by a range of specialist business support services across Harwell Campus and Science Vale. All of this is designed to allow businesses to focus on the growth and day-to-day running of their business.

Private & virtual Offices

Harwell Innovation Centre plays a key role in the innovation network in Oxfordshire, offering 25,000 sq ft office space ranging from 100 sq ft to 1,700 sq ft. The Centre has developed the business facilities and commercial infrastructure to support over 60 companies, from single entrepreneurs to expanding businesses.

The environment at both Harwell Innovation Centre and Harwell Campus provides a supportive community. Private office spaces are available to let at short notice, and our flexible approach means companies can take more space within the Innovation Centre – a key objective is to help businesses grow. Harwell Innovation Centre offers virtual office packages designed to provide businesses with a professional image, without incurring the cost of renting office space. Ideal for start-up companies, those on the road or working from home.

Meeting & conference facilities

Harwell Innovation Centre has a range of superb meeting rooms available to hire by the hour or the day by internal or external companies. Whether space is needed for a large meeting, product launch, board meeting or interview, there is a room to meet the requirements.


All occupiers at Harwell Innovation Centre have access to all the amenities on Harwell Campus. The Campus is considered to be a beacon of the UK knowledge economy. It’s a science and innovation district the size of a small town with outstanding people, world-class facilities and unrivalled access to open source national laboratories and supercomputing resources.

Through connections made within Harwell Campus or via the Innovation Centre Director, all occupiers have access to utilise the specialist scientific and technology facilities available on Campus. These facilities include the following specialist laboratories and technical areas:

  • Advanced Engineering & Materials
  • Big Data and Supercomputing
  • Energy and Environment
  • Life Sciences and Health Care
  • Space and Satellite Applications 

Collaborative networking and business support

As part of the supportive environment within Harwell Innovation Centre and Harwell Campus, networking amongst all occupiers is encouraged via regular free business events. With Harwell Campus being in the heart of Science Vale Oxford, many occupiers are introduced to the many varied organisations providing additional business support, grant funding and opportunities including S&TFC, Invest In Oxfordshire, and Oxfordshire Business Support to name a few.

Being based at Harwell Innovation Centre, all businesses can enjoy the following facilities and services:

  • On-site centre management team
  • Flexible office space with the ability to upscale and downsize
  • Receptionist service providing a professional image
  • Meeting facilities available to hire at a daily or hourly rate
  • 24/7 office access
  • Free on-site parking
  • Access to Harwell Campus facilities


  • Connect Harwell events
  • Access to scientific and technology equipment
  • Cafés and restaurants including pop-up food stalls and Costa Coffee
  • Child day care nurseries
  • Mini-supermarket, sandwich bar and other village facilities including dentist, hairdresser and health therapists
  • Sport and exercise facilities
  • Transport system including science shuttle to University of Oxford

Quality Of life

In 2016 South Oxfordshire was named as the rural area with the best quality of life in Great Britain, and national surveys regularly rate the City of Oxford and the county of Oxfordshire very highly for residents’ quality of life.  Occupiers at the Innovation Centre enjoy campus life as well as living in a beautiful part of UK within easy reach of major cities (London, Birmingham, Bristol and Reading) and road and rail networks.

Oxford innovation

Harwell Innovation Centre is managed by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading Business and Innovation Centre operator. Part of the SQW Group, 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.

How to Find Us

Harwell Innovation Centre is located 5 minutes’ drive from the A34, with fast links to the M40 and M4 motorways for easy access to London, the Midlands, South and North. As well as only a 15 minute drive from Didcot Parkway rail station, with frequent connections to Reading, Oxford, London, Bristol and the South coast.


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