National Space Park

The University of Leicester has ambitious plans to develop a National Space Park to boost innovation, growth, jobs, skills and training in the sector.

Working with local, national and international partners, our aim is for the National Space Park to be recognised internationally as the go-to hub for space and space-enabled data industries and for excellence in relevant skills training. We hope to build on Leicester's international reputation for space science and boost a sector identified by the Government as set for rapid growth.

If given the go-ahead, the National Space Park is earmarked for development on the Waterside zone just north of Leicester city centre, part of a new Enterprise Zone and already home to the National Space Centre.

Space Park artist's impression 1 (cropped)
How the National Space Park might look

At its heart will be a number of key features:

  • A centre for space education and training from school through to apprenticeships, university and continuous professional development (CPD). The best talent for businesses; the best commercial opportunities for students.
  • A vibrant community of large and small businesses, data providers and users working alongside researchers and academics, with a shared goal.
  • An open-innovation environment with state-of-the-art laboratories and access to technical expertise and business support.

Along with Leicester City Council, its enterprise partnership (LLEP) and the National Space Centre, we are working with other national organisations including the Satellite Applications Catapult, the UK Space Agency, Research Councils and industry partners to secure the funding and support needed to make the National Space Park a reality.

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Project status

The National Space Park project is gaining momentum. Part of the Leicestershire Enterprise Zone development, we are working with our partners to secure the funding and support to bring the National Space Park to life.