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PlaceEXPO: Ellesmere Port Development Update: Charlie Woodcock, Thornton Science Park


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Charlie Woodcock, executive director, strategic projects office, Thornton Science Park

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PlaceEXPO: Ellesmere Port Development Update: Charlie Woodcock, Thornton Science Park

  1. 1. Charlie Woodcock Executive Director, Strategic Projects Office Melissa Parsons Projects Office Manager 15th July 2014 Thornton Science Park
  2. 2. Overview of Presentation Overview of Thornton Science Park Developments  Commercial Lettings  High Growth Centre (Incubation & Business Support)  Catalyst for Growth (Grants)  Energy Demonstrator (R&D)  Faculty of Science and Engineering (support and students/graduates) 15th July 2014
  3. 3. Thornton Science Park – Where is it? 15th July 2014
  4. 4. Thornton Science Park – Where is it? • Excellent motorway links (M53, M56, M6, M62) • Proximity to:  2 ports  2 airports • Easy access to Manchester, Liverpool and London by train • Opening of the Halton Curve railway (local links) • Electric car charge points on Thornton Transport Links…
  5. 5. Thornton Science Park – what is it? • 66 acre site • c.£200m facility • Specialist equipment (aviation fuel testing loop, fuels and lubricants blending facilities, ) • Employment capacity of up to 4,500 staff • New business supported by undergraduate and postgraduate activity 15th July 2014
  6. 6. Long-Term Vision for Thornton • Centre for Energy Systems • Collaborations (Fraunhofer and Catapult) • Focus on R&D and innovation • Co-location of University staff/students, large businesses and SMEs • Key node in ‘Cheshire Science Corridor’ 15th July 2014
  7. 7. High Growth Centre (ERDF) • Open innovation environment to support pre-start and existing high growth potential SMEs in the Environment, Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing and Automotive sectors • This will allow start-ups to be based on the new technology campus, in close proximity to the other specialist facilities and equipment available • The £8.85m project will support: • 41 business incubators • 6 communal laboratory spaces • 11.2 FTE staff 15th July 2014
  8. 8. High Growth Centre (contd) • High Growth Centre is 3 buildings of 2328 square metres of BREEAM very good space. • Opening February 2015 • Pre entry Business Support currently available to interested and affiliated SME’s and start ups:  I.P and commercialisation  Sales and marketing  Supply chain  Technical expertise  Business Development and Export advice 15th July 2014
  9. 9. Catalyst for Growth Programme • £8m grant scheme for businesses in the North West chemicals sector • Grants of up to £500,000 can be used to support capital and equipment • Project activities could include IP licensing, experimental research or training • 10% uplift on intervention rates in Assisted Areas 15th July 2014
  10. 10. Energy Demonstrator Facility • £7m Smart Grid Demonstrator as part of Cheshire Science Corridor • Shared facility to test new technologies and model energy usage with combinations of old and new energy sources • Neutral private sector facility to network and conduct R&D activities in, particularly, the following areas:  energy storage  energy networks  asset management and decommissioning  skills and training for the future energy sector workforce 15th July 2014
  11. 11. Future Development Plans 15th July 2014
  12. 12. Thornton Science Park: Roadmap for collaboration, funding & partnership opportunities 2014-2020 15th July 2014
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  15. 15. Key Partners and Stakeholders BAE BASF Boulting Group CBI Centrica Chemelot Cheshire and Warrington LEP C-Tech Innovation Limited Cuadrilla DOW EA Technology Energy Innovation Centre Eon Essar Igas Innospec Lancashire Enterprise Partnership National Nuclear Laboratory NSG Pilkington NW Investment Fund for Energy and Environment PA Consulting Group Scottish Power Shell Siemens Sustainable Building Envelope Centre (SBEC) Tata Steel UKTI University of Central Lancashire University of Chester University of Maastricht URENCO UK Limited 15th July 2014
  16. 16. Contact Details For any questions or a copy of the presentation please contact: • • 15th July 2014