The West of Scotland Science Park is a joint initiative between Scottish Enterprise and the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde.
Opened in 1983, the Park provides a location for the development of businesses focusing on emerging and future technologies.
The Science Park is home to a wide range of companies operating across all areas of the life sciences and technology sectors including ultrasonics, pharmaceuticals, mobile computing, cleanrooms, satellites, laser systems, telecommunications, pre-clinical drug discovery and optolectronics.
The facility is noted for the atmosphere of collaboration and interaction which exists between its tenants and with its partner universities.
Located on a 60 acre site, 3 miles north-west of Glasgow City Centre, the facility is divided into two campuses: Kelvin Campus and Todd Campus.
The Park also benefits from its proximity to a number of leading research facilities. These include the Beatson Oncology Centre, one of Europe’s top cancer hospitals, and the new Translational Research Centre which is currently under construction and will be the final element in the Glasgow Centre for Cancer Research.
The adjacent Glasgow University Garscube campus also houses the Weipers Centre for Equine Welfare, the Small Animal Hospital and the School of Veterinary Medicine and is the location for the proposed Medical Research Council Centre for Virus Research.
The Science Park offers tenant companies a variety of common services including:
- Mail franking, registered and recorded post uplift
- Kelvin Conference Centre seating approx. 90 people, with projector and lectern
- Three conference rooms
- Optical fibre broadband connection to each building
- Facsimile and photocopying
- Sports complex/gym
- Security patrols
- Free parking
- On-site Property Manager/Facilities Manager.
University Support and Facilities
Collaborative ventures with the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde are encouraged and both institutions can assist tenant companies with any problems they may have of a technical or a business nature.
Strathclyde University is one of Britain’s main centres of teaching and research in science and engineering. Its long-established engineering departments – Mechanical, Civil, Marine, Chemical, Electrical – are vigorous and innovative, and it has an outstanding record of achievement in the newer technologies including electronics, computer science, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and offshore technology.
The University’s technology strength is complemented by the resources of Strathclyde Business School, one of the largest schools of business and administration in Europe and a major centre of expertise in finance, economics, industrial relations, law and marketing.
Glasgow University is the fifth oldest University in Britain and, as such, it has helped to set the standards in teaching and scholarship for which British Universities are famous.
The University has over 120 departments but has particular strength in the following areas:
- Integral optics, fibre optics and laser communications
- Human and animal vaccine development
- Lasers in medicine and surgery
- Marine and ocean engineering technology
- Basic and applied immunology
- Microwave thermography in diagnostics.
In addition to this technical excellence, the University can also boast of fine Business Management knowledge and skills. Tenant companies on the Science Park are encouraged to utilise the strengths of the Universities, either through consultation or collaboration. Tenants have access to many of the facilities of the Universities, including libraries and computing services.
Advice and Assistance
Scottish Enterprise’s Business Growth Team offers a wide range of advisory services to companies within the Science Park.
The Science Park is located within a Development Area which means that a wide range of government financial incentives are available to companies locating on the Park.
Kelvin Campus - West of Scotland Science Park
Kelvin Campus consists of 9 pavilions including the recently completed 30,000 square foot Venture Building (www.venturebuilding.co.uk) which marks the next phase in the life-cycle of Kelvin Campus. Plans are already under way to further develop the Campus through additional intervention.
The existing 14 buildings are predominantly single user-occupied by companies operating within the fields of biotechnology, optoelectronics and software development.
Both Todd Campus and Kelvin Campus have been extensively landscaped and provide an excellent working environment.
Late last year Speyroc Ltd completed the purchase of the head lease on Kelvin Campus this brings the total number of buildings under their management across West of Scotland Science Park to 11. There are now over 50 technology companies within their portfolio covering...
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