27 May 21
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Incubators
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Build Update: Old Market Incubator

Our new facility, built in partnership with the University of Bristol, will provide state of the art facilities, services and support to pioneering scientists and engineers

Construction works on our new £6million science incubator in the heart of Bristol have just passed the half-way mark, and will create a new space to house the next generation of pioneering science and engineering companies in the city.

Our latest incubator project is in partnership with the University of Bristol and supported by a £1.5m grant from Research England. The new facility forms part of the University’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus development, which is expected to deliver an estimated £626 million of employment and financial benefit to the regional economy over the next decade.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the local community and incorporate the aspirations of the Old Market Neighbourhood Plan into our design. We want to make the space accessible and inviting, and to achieve this we have created an active frontage to Midland Road, opening up the facade and locating the entrance facing the city, putting science front and centre.”

Patrick Fallon, Lead Designer at Science Creates

Due to open in November 2021, the newly retrofitted space will provide 15 laboratories, offices, a community outreach ‘learning lab’ and events space in the 30,000 sq. foot former stationary wholesale warehouse. The project will enable an estimated 250 high-value jobs to locate in the city centre Temple Quarter, an area that is undergoing Bristol’s largest redevelopment in living memory.

“Bristol has all the elements a science company needs to grow and succeed but I’ve learned first-hand the challenges companies face finding suitable space to locate their business. By working with our partners across the city we look forward to opening our new home for the most exciting and creative scientific thinkers.”

Dr Harry Destecroix, founder and CEO of Science Creates

Bristol is seen as an attractive prospect for company founders and investors however the limited availability of specialised incubator space has historically limited growth for deep tech companies. Science Creates first incubator in St Philips has had a waiting list since shortly after opening, showing the increasing demand for dedicated space to house start-up and university spin-out companies. The ambitious new facility has been designed to house the next generation of curious scientists and equip them with the facilities, services and support they need to tackle global challenges.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President at the University of Bristol, said: “As we battle the pandemic and rely on the scientific discoveries that have led to new COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, this new partnership reflects our commitment to investing in research and facilities that underpin such important breakthroughs. It also marks a significant milestone for the University and Science Creates in developing an inspiring new facility where universities and businesses work together on solutions to global challenges, at a time when they are most needed.”

The project is already attracting attention and has been shortlisted for the Planning Awards in the Place Making theme, and the Promoting Economic Growth category.

The project is being delivered with our partners: University of Bristol, Research England, SAC Construction, Quartz Project Services, Oxford Architects, DW Engineers, Box Twenty Engineers, Ambivent, SEC, Tenos, Nash Partnership, Russel PC, VWV and SETSquared.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in joining the Science Creates ecosystem speak to our incubators team for more information: info@sciencecreates.co.uk

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