Liverpool Science Park home to £15m Sensor City

Liverpool Science Park home to £15m Sensor City

Sensor City, one of the world’s first sensor tech innovation centres, aims to create 300 start-up businesses and 1,000 jobs over the next decade after a £15m investment in its Liverpool home.

Liverpool’s Sensor City project has moved into the city’s science park ahead of the opening of the new facility on Copperas Hill in 2017. It means sensor tech businesses will be able to access leading researchers and expertise and learn more about Sensor City in the run up to the building completion.

Sensor City will bring together knowledge and experience in sensor technology as it houses, supports and establishes high tech businesses working on sensor systems and applications.

With more than 15 years’ experience in early stage business creation and development, Dr Joanne Phoenix will be leading the Sensor City team at Liverpool Science Park.

She said: “The science park is a prime, central location from which to build the profile and activities of Sensor City and is on the doorstep of the new facility once it opens.

“We’ll be working to actively bring suitable companies into the network and it has been excellent to see such high levels of engagement from the local SME community and tenants within innovation centre 1 (ic1) with an interest in sensor technologies. I look forward to further interactions with like-minded people who are all committed to bringing new exciting technologies to the market.”

Sensors mark one of the key growth areas in the recently launched Liverpool City Region Growth Strategy which details ambitions to: “Establish the city region as the leading British city for sensor technology.” Overall the sensor industry is estimated to be worth $490 billion globally.

Sensor City and Liverpool Science Park sit at the heart of the Liverpool’s rapidly growing Knowledge Quarter which is the focus of investment programmes worth more than £1bn with major developments such as the new £335m Royal Liverpool Hospital and Unilever’s Materials Innovation Factory well underway.

Sensor City is a joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University and marks one of only four University Enterprise Zones (UEZ’s) in England. It has been funded with a £5m capital investment from BIS and ERDF, matched with a further £5m from the two universities and industry co-investment.