Knowledge Gateway continues to grow

Knowledge Gateway continues to grow

The latest phase of a multi-million pound project to put Essex at the heart of the UK’s digital and hi-tech economy has been unveiled.

Plans have been unveiled for the construction of a new £1m extension of Parkside Office Village on the University of Essex’s Knowledge Gateway research and technology park in Colchester.

The new building will become home to the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Business and Local Government Data Research Centre and the award-winning Games Hub.

South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) has supported Parkside Office Village from its inception, providing loan funding of £2.4m from the Government’s Growing Places Fund for the first phase. This latest development phase was supported by a further £850,000 in funding.

Vice-chancellor Prof Anthony Forster said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support we have received from South East Local Enterprise Partnership. This has been crucial in developing Parkside Office Village as a hotspot for innovative businesses.

“SELEP and our partners - including Essex County Council, Colchester Borough Council, Essex Chamber of Commerce and the Haven Gateway Partnership - are helping us fulfil our vision. Our strategic aim is for the Knowledge Gateway to be the location of choice in the eastern region for knowledge-based enterprises in science, technology and the creative sector.”

Christian Brodie, chairman of the SELEP, added: “Parkside Office Village is a glowing example of business and education working together to further the economic growth and development of our region.

“It is a fine model of government funds being used on projects identified by SELEP and local authorities, in the right places and with the right focus to produce long term gains for the South East.”



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