Knowledge Gateway

Through our Knowledge Gateway, we're driving business innovation and growth across the East of England region.

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, state-of-the-art 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 as early as summer 2016.

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 England.
  • Rail: Colchester is 46 minutes from London Liverpool Street.
  • 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

Contact us

Jamie Burns

Commercial Property Surveyor

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 872849

Mobile 07769 282555

Email jburnsb@essex.ac.uk