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.
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.
The North East’s realistic land prices and rentals have already attracted many of the biggest names in industry as well as a host of smaller businesses, providing a range of collaborative and supply chain opportunities.
NET Park 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. It offers a mix of flexible office and laboratory space where science and technology businesses can achieve their 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 commercialisation and growth.
Grow-on Space and development
Discovery 1&2, each over 1,800m², provides space for expanding technology companies and offer a choice of facilities in self-contained suites. Explorer offers bespoke laboratory/clean room/ office spaces ranging from 300m² to 470m² each. Completed to client requirements, Explorer units enhance the NETPark offering and provide additional grow-on space for graduating incubation companies as well as established businesses.
The NETPark research Institute
The Research Institute is home to Durham University’s Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI), which collaborates with observatories and space agencies worldwide in the construction, commissioning and exploitation of 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. 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.
Building and 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 of top-class facilities
• Access to finance
• Tailored business support
• Access to world-class research and business opportunities.
North East England has adapted and made itself a key player in the national and global economies. 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.
The depth and quality of their combined research is formidable, covering fields such as nanotechnology, bio-science, electronics, chemistry, astronomy, and engineering.
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.
NETPark Discovery Centres
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.
Land Development Opportunities at The NETPark
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.
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