The Knowledge Gateway research and technology park on our
Colchester Campus is set to become the location of choice in the eastern region for
knowledge-based enterprises in science, technology and the creative sector.
Drawing on our global reputation for analytics and data science and
outstanding support for SMEs, it's set to employ more than 2,000 people.
Investing for innovation
Set in mature parkland and accessed via the A133, the Knowledge Gateway
had an initial investment in 2010 of £12m to build roads, landscaping and
other infrastructure. It's the location of
Parkside Office Village,
our hotspot for small businesses, and also our carbon-neutral,
Essex Business School which opened in 2015. Planning has also been
approved to build our major 38,000 sq ft £10 million
Innovation Centre, at
the heart of the Knowledge Gateway, that will accommodate more than 50
growing start-ups with work anticipated to start on-site winter 2016-17.
A growing SME hotspot
To meet demand for excellent SME accommodation, a further 5,500 sq ft of
office space on Parkside Office Village will be available from summer 2016,
with potential for a further development phase. Parkside is already home to
20 successful and growing SMEs; companies joining us are more than just
tenants - they're valued members of our University community.
First-class facilities on campus
Choosing Colchester as your business base
The town of Colchester offers many significant benefits as a base for
your business. It has rapid growth, with the population forecast to increase
by 24% to 224,700 by 2031, 11.5% growth in private sector jobs between 1998
and 2008, and major regeneration efforts by Colchester Borough Council. As
well as great range of shops and services, the area offers superb quality of
life for your employees, with Dedham Vale (famed for its links to the artist
John Constable) and rural Suffolk to the north and Essex's many picturesque
coastal towns and villages to the east, all easily commutable from the
Knowledge Gateway. Colchester has some of the best schools in the country,
including two grammar schools, and an excellent cultural offering including
the Firstsite visual arts centre,
Mercury Theatre and
Colchester Arts Centre.
"If Colchester was included in England's list of 56 cities, it would rank as
one of the most buoyant economies... alongside places like Cambridge,
Reading and Bristol."
Centre for Cities report
Excellent transport links
- Road: The Knowledge Gateway is accessed from the
A133 dual carriageway. Colchester is served by a good road network
linking London, Ipswich, Cambridge, Norwich, Kent and the south-east of
- Rail: Colchester is 46 minutes from London
- Air: London Stansted Airport is 30 miles and less
than an hour away. London Southend Airport is 44 miles away.
- Sea: The major port of Harwich is half an hour
away. The Channel ports are easily accessible via the Dartford Crossing.
Map and directions