exeter science park old - Exeter and East Devon Growth Point

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The development of a world class Science Park is a significant element of the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point.

Exeter Science Park will play a key role in helping to diversify and reinforce the economy of the area through the development of science and knowledge based businesses. By doing this Exeter Science Park will be capitalising on links with the technology base provided by the University of Exeter, the Met Office and the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry.

It will offer extensive new facilities encouraging enterprise, science and research and development related activity. It will offer high quality space for businesses ranging from start ups to major corporate headquarters.

As well as providing a site for the Exeter Science Park, the purchase of the land from landowners Eagle One also includes land needed for major improvements to the M5 Junction 29, which will unlock the full potential of the whole Growth Point Area.

It is envisaged that the Park will also feature a new business hotel, conferencing facilities and a central building providing business support and local services as well as offices for the Exeter Science Park Management Company.

The Exeter Science Park Company has now been formed and a Chair has been appointed: Professor Sir William Wakeham, a former graduate of Exeter University, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Physicist. Most recently Bill has been Vice-Chancellor of Southampton University, a post he held since 2001 and was knighted in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to chemical engineering and higher education.

An extremely strong partnership has driven this landmark development to this point: The South West RDA, the University of Exeter, Devon County Council, Exeter City Council, East Devon District Council and the Met Office.

The Partners share a strong consensus and high aspirations for the Science Park and believe that the Park should have the following characteristics:

It will attract businesses to the region from around the world;

Be an exemplar of sustainable development in a sensitive location. Care for the environment and sustainability will be key characteristics of its operation:

  • Encourage innovation and new thinking;
  • Become an engine for wealth creation in the region thus helping to implement the regional economic development strategy;
  • Demonstrate how effectively a university, together with its own Innovation Centre, can drive and support the commercial exploitation of new knowledge;
  • Take advantage of the unique selling proposition of the presence of the Met Office in Exeter and the climate change research strengths of the University thereby providing opportunities for enterprises aiming to offer services that protect and enhance the environment and respond to climate change priorities;
  • Integrate with plans for developments East of Exeter including the proposed new community at Cranbrook, Skypark and the airport expansion;
  • Be exciting in terms of its scale, visual and economic impact and concern for the environment, so as to engage the interest and support of the population at large;
  • Return added value to its stakeholders, giving them new opportunities and enhancing their reputations;
  • Be a key player in the network of innovation support in the South West and take advantage of opportunities to collaborate with other science parks around the world.

The University has established a successful Innovation Centre on its campus and has now completed a major investment in a second phase. The Innovation Centre is seen as a major contributor to creating a successful environment for the Science Park.

The University's Innovation Centre provides around 40,000 sq ft of serviced office and laboratory space for innovative businesses. It also provides a range of services for entrepreneurs especially aimed at the high tech sector. It is expected that the Science Park and the Innovation Centre will develop common systems and will link their services so as to provide a seamless progression from initial start-up to needing enlarged premises to fit with business success and growth within the Exeter area.

Devon County Council is overseeing the development of the infrastructure of the Science Park.  The Science Park now has outline planning permission and the detailed planning applications for phase 1 and the associated infrastructure have been submitted. 

Planning Authority: East Devon District Council

Lead Applicant: Devon County Council