Lincoln Science and Innovation park is celebrating its 5th anniversary since work began on transforming the former Ruston Bucyrus manufacturing HQ into a modern, thriving science and technology hub.
The Park, a joint venture between Lincolnshire Co-Op and the University of Lincoln, has come a long way since the first soil was topped in spring 2013.
Firstly, original building stock was redeveloped into the cutting-edge Joseph Banks Laboratories and Minster House, home to the University of Lincoln’s Schools of Pharmacy, Chemistry and Life Sciences research and laboratory facilities.
Next came the construction of the high-end Boole Technology Centre, which offers flexible, self-contained office, laboratory and workshop space in a stunning modern building. Boole opened its doors in March 2017 and has half of its units are already occupied, with another 20% of the space the process of being let.
In October 2017, the Science Park acquired an investment property next to the site, which is occupied by Homelet.
Lincoln science and Innovation Park Director, Tom Blount, is particularly proud of the science and tech community that the Park has brought together. “We have a great mix of companies here, attracted by the support offered and the prestige of being based in Boole Technology Centre and on the Park. We are indisputably en route to building a vigorous network and the focus over the next years will be on expanding it further.”
In October, the Science Park is launching a pharmacy cluster, bringing together the University of Lincoln’s School of Pharmacy with the Lincolnshire Co-op, which owns pharmacies across the county and has many firms within its supply chain. Mr Blount adds: “It will bring the two arms of our joint venture partners together to create an interesting and unusual dynamic in product development and to open up pharmaceutical opportunities in Lincolnshire.”
Phase 2 of the Science Park will see the site double in size with planning permission now received for eight new buildings. In 2019, these will start to be made available on a design and build basis with the aim of reaching capacity within eight years.
“The aim is not just to help grow businesses at the park, but across the City, which is why we are hosting a free strategy development workshop for senior managers this month led by inspiring and experienced speakers,” says Mr Blount.
The ‘Strategies for Rapid Growth’ workshop takes place at Boole Technology Centre on Thursday, May 24, 9.30am-4pm. The one-day event is designed to help businesses scale-up and accelerate their growth. For more information and to book go to https://bit.ly/2Kz9Khi
Another prestigous event welcomes the Directors of science parks across the UK to a two-day Science Park conference in June, demonstrating Lincolnshire’s increasing visibility amongst the nation’s tech community. These build on the previous successes of a Lincolnshire Technologies event supporting Lincoln’s digital cluster and a Lincoln hackathon, all based at the Park.
As the Science Park enjoys success after success, the city and the county’s science and technology companies continue to benefit.