Space Park Leicester - have your say

Posted by pt91 at May 31, 2018 03:35 PM |
Public consultation on Thursday 7 June for flagship project to develop science park focused on space

Issued by University of Leicester on 31 May 2018

Space Park Leicester- indicative image shows artist’s impression of the Phase One development (Credit: University of Leicester):

The public is being invited to help shape the future of space development in Leicester.

A consultation session is being held on Thursday 7 June, between 3pm and 7:30pm, for Space Park Leicester - a science park focused on the space and space-enabled industries.

The University of Leicester is working with Leicester City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and the National Space Centre on the plans which will support the Government’s strategy to bring £40 billion from the space market to the UK, creating a global hub combining research, teaching and innovation.

Space Park Leicester will carry out research in Space and Earth Observation, provide training for the space scientists of the future and contribute to growth in the national space economy. This ambitious project has been developed as part of a bold plan to further enhance Leicester’s growing reputation as a world-leading hub for research in space-related industries. When completed, the estimated benefits to the regional economy are £850 million and 2,500 jobs.

The public consultation will give people the chance to appreciate the park's vision with a selection of new images of the proposed design and detailed plans. Following the consultation, a planning application is expected to be submitted this summer.

Space Park Leicester, to be located on the site of the former John Ellis School on Leicester’s Waterside, is being led by the University of Leicester, working with Leicester City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and the National Space Centre.

The planning application will establish the overall vision for the development of the 3.8-hectare site, but also include more detailed plans for the first building to be constructed.

Set within an attractive landscaped setting of trees, planting and wildlife ponds, the long term vision for the site includes buildings designed for research and innovation; industrial-academic co-working; and teaching and learning. A state-of-the-art facility would also allow for the assembling and testing of satellites. The location, next to the National Space Centre, will allow greater interaction between the University and the general public.

The masterplan, being designed by Shepheard Epstein Hunter Architects, will tie in seamlessly with the attractive river bank location.

Subject to planning approval, construction of the Phase 1 building will start in early 2019. This will include collaboration space, teaching and learning spaces, laboratories, as well as a café located in a bright and airy atrium space.

In advance of the submission of the planning application, local residents close to the site are being invited to a consultation event to view the emerging plans and provide their comments. The consultation event is taking place at the neighbouring National Space Centre on Thursday 7 June, between 3pm and 7:30pm.

Leicester City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “I am confident that Space Park Leicester will be a major asset to the city and Leicester’s Waterside and it will help to regenerate this currently unused site.

“This is a huge opportunity to make Leicester the UK capital of space-related research, innovation and skills development.

"By working closely with the University, LLEP and the National Space Centre, we can realise this ambition and attract more investment, research activity and high value jobs to Leicester.”

Professor Martin Barstow, University of Leicester pro-vice chancellor for strategic science projects, added: “Space Park Leicester will be a world-leading space research and innovation facility, helping to train the space scientists of the future and contributing to economic growth in the region and nationally. As part of this upcoming consultation, we’re looking forward to sharing our plans with local people and taking on board their views about how they would like to see Space Park Leicester develop.”


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