Parkside Office Village

Discover why Parkside Office Village, our SME hotspot, is proving so popular with our tenants - and discover the many benefits of an on-campus location.

Welcome to vibrant, modern office space on the Knowledge Gateway, at our Colchester Campus. More than 20 SMEs now form our thriving business community and benefit from excellent research links and facilities.

New availability Autumn 2018

We are about to start building the second phase of Parkside Office Village, creating a further 14,000 sq ft of modern, bright office space for small businesses.

Work will start this summer for an Autumn 2018 completion to provide:

  • four units of 1,750 sq ft
  • two units of 2,658 sq ft
  • one unit of 3,735 sq ft
  • Plus an additional 53 car parking spaces.

    Download our phase one brochure for general information and contact us to discuss your requirements.

    Parkside Office Village Your new neighbours

    Next to Parkside Office Village on the Knowledge Gateway we are building a major 40,000 sq ft Innovation Centre (completion 2018) to accommodate more than 50 new start-ups. Also on the site is our stunning £21m Essex Business School offering executive education modules on our MBA. The ESRC's Business and Local Government Data Research Centre is also located at Parkside.

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    The interior of the ground floor in Unit Blue 3, Parkside Office Village
    ground floor, The Blue House

    The interior of the first floor in Unit Blue 3, Parkside Office Village
    first floor, The Blue House

    The interior of the ground floor in Unit Red 1, Parkside Office Village
    ground floor, The Red House

    The interior of the first floor in Unit Red 1, Parkside Office Village
    first floor, The Red House

    Companies based at Parkside Office Village

    • Akenham

      Akenham logoB4 - first floor, The Red House

      Over 23 years, Akenham has selectively pooled a team of Executive Coaches, Business Psychologists, Performance Specialists and HR Professionals able to produce innovative solutions to key business issues.

      Our solutions are based on the needs of the organisation and the individuals we represent, framed against up to the minute research and best practice.

      Telephone: 01223 421155

    • Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGDRC)

      Business and Local Government Data Research Centre logo Block C, unit 2, first floor, The Green House

      Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre provides a range of services and academic expertise from the University of East Anglia, University of Essex, University of Kent and London School of Economics to help everyone realise the benefits of their data.

      We believe everyone has valuable data. Whether you are a small to medium sized enterprise, a local government or an analyst or researcher we can build partnerships which enable us to work together to explore data to their full potential.

      By exploring data in this way, and sharing information safely and appropriately, together we can influence society. The Centre specialises in:

      Trusted research from leading academics

      Using data analytics and the latest methodologies to explore areas such as local economic growth, public access to green infrastructure and support for vulnerable people.

      Secure data services from storage to access

      We provide the framework to support data owners and academic researchers to ensure that the best research can be derived from a variety of datasets. We store and share data in a way that is safe, whilst ensuring that data are only released for projects which can benefit society.

      Bridging the skills gap with training and knowledge exchange services

      We can help improve your knowledge or collaborate with you and skilled academic researchers to increase your analytical capacity.

      Telephone: 01206 873859
      Twitter: @BLGdataresearch
      LinkedIn: Business and Local Government Data Research Centre

    • Creative Quills

      Creative quills logo Block B, unit 4, first floor, The Red House

      At Creative Quills we specialise in developing your company voice, taking everything you consider fundamental to your ethos and crafting engaging, persuasive content to represent you. In simple terms this means that we provide the words. Behind every creative design it is the message that is important and the difference between fleeting interest and sales.

      At Creative Quills we craft our content with your target audience in mind, from creative copy for websites and brochures, to devising targeted blog, article and email marketing campaigns. Ultimately we are available wherever you need your brand voice heard.

      Services include:

      • website content
      • proofreading and editing
      • brochure and leaflet copy
      • blog and email marketing
      • social media management and consultancy
      • translation services

      Twitter: @creativequills

    • Eastern Enterprise Hub - Games Hub

      Eastern Enterprise Hub logo Block B, unit 3, The Red House

      Now in its fourth year, the Eastern Enterprise Hub continues to expand and has established itself as a regional enterprise agency. Operating across East Anglia, the Hub encourages and supports entrepreneurs of all ages across many disciplines.

      Located in Colchester, Ipswich and Norwich, we strive to promote business growth and support people who have a good business idea to develop key skills, commercial expertise and the confidence to make it a success.

      Since 2013 we’ve doubled the number of programmes on offer, including the Colchester Entrepreneurs Programme, delivered in partnership with Colchester Borough Council, the Games Hub for aspiring gamers in the region, and the Essex Entrepreneurs Programme, run in collaboration with Essex County Council and the Essex Innovations Programme.

      Twitter: @eastenthub

    • Essex Chamber of Commerce

      Akenham logo Block B, unit 3, The Red House

      Essex Chambers of Commerce are the county’s leading business organisation supporting businesses ranging from sme’s through to national and international companies. We are the only Chamber of Commerce in Essex accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce.

      From our office in Parkside, along with others in Basildon, Grays, Great Wakering, and Harlow, we offer a range of support and services to businesses across Essex including:-

      • International trade – processing of export documentation; advice to potential and existing exporters on new markets business opportunities overseas; events and training for exporters and their staff
      • Events – networking events across the county including “Business Time in Essex” breakfasts in Colchester at the Mercury Theatre sponsored by the University of Essex
      • Specialist events such as business exhibitions, meet the buyer events
      • Our annual county lunch featuring high profile guest speakers such as Sir Clive Woodward, and Sir Ranulph Fiennes
      • Representation and lobbying – we regularly meet with the county’s MP’s and Government Ministers as well as sitting on various economic partnerships in Essex
      • Specialist services such as Private Health, HR, online health and safety courses, currency exchange are also available to members
      • Business promotion through our electronic publications – Grapevine, e-Leader and i-Leader

      As well as links with the British Chambers of Commerce we are also members of the International Chamber of Commerce and the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe giving us and our members a truly international voice.

      Telephone: 01206 765277

    • Europlan UK Ltd

      Europlan UK Ltd logo Block B, unit 4, ground floor, The Red House

      Europlan UK Ltd provides support at all stages of the research and innovation cycle, including training, evaluation, management, communication technology transfer, IPR and technical consultancy. The company pursues in-house research and development at the intersection of ICT and education, eGovernment as well as circular economy and eco-innovation. It assists organisations with the design of projects and raising funds for their implementation.

      Europlan has participated in several EU and nationally funded projects and is embarking in a new EU funded project “Augmented Reality Platform for Industrial Training" (WEKIT). Europlan has representative offices in Belgium, Sweden and Norway. Active antennae operate in Serbia, Hungary, Bosnia and Italy.

      Twitter: @EuroplanUK

    • Haven Gateway Partnership

      haven gateway logo

      The Haven Gateway Partnership, made up of private and public sector members, drives inclusive growth across North Essex and South Suffolk and collaborates with other organisations with the same aim for the benefit of business and local communities.

      The Partnership supports key sectors and areas of activity including infrastructure and connectivity, ports and logistics, skills, creative and digital, and construction.

      Telephone: 01206 764778

    • Knowledge Pathways International (KPI)

      Knowledge Pathways International (KPI) Block B, unit 1, ground floor, The Red House

      Knowledge Pathways International (KPI) is an aspiring company dedicated to providing academic and corporate services for students and businesses. Our mission focuses on continuously and innovatively helping individuals and businesses acquire new and quality forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives so that the can become the movers and shakers in their societies for the indefinite future.

      At KPI, we want to change the world not make a fast buck. We are committed to providing high quality services that help individuals and organisations make important decisions that can have long term impacts locally and globally.

      Twitter: @tweet_KPI
      Facebook: Knowledge Pathways International

    • Lanpro

      Lanpro logo Block B, unit 2, ground floor, The Red House

      Lanpro is an independent multi–disciplinary consultancy that provides specialist advice in the fields of town planning, urban design and landscape architecture.

      The practice is established as one of the leading expert planning consultancies across East Anglia and is committed to providing the highest quality advice, enabling our clients to deliver their projects and meet their environmental aspirations.

      Our recent work includes:

      • a major science and research park
      • planning urban extensions
      • a new headquarters premises for a UK PLC
      • major waste developments
      • car supermarkets
      • urban regeneration projects
      • strategic residential developments
      • health care schemes (including dentists surgeries, residential care homes and housing with care)


    • Mondaq Limited

      Mondaq Limited Block B, unit 5, ground floor, The Red House

      Mondaq is the leading B2B content syndication solution for professional service firms. The platform holds legal, financial and regulatory information, intelligence and analysis from leading law and advisory firms from around the globe.

      In addition to syndication, we are the leading marketing and business development platform for professional services firms. We help leverage thought leadership, market commentaries and social media presence through leading online channels, ultimately helping firms connect with potential new clients.

      We have over 785,000 registered users and longstanding distribution partnerships with the leading business intelligence services (including Reuters, Bloomberg, Westlaw, Lexis etc).


    • Midas Digital

      Midas Digital Block B, unit 1, first floor, The Red House

      Midas Digital is a full service digital marketing agency that specialises in marketing for medium sized business to large enterprises, our goal is to empower our clients to use digital marketing to achieve success in the way they engage with consumers, placing clients at the forefront of the advances in digital techniques to help them grow.

      Twitter: @digital_midas

    • Planck Limited

      Planck Limited Block B, unit 2, first floor, The Red House

      Planck Limited is a modern science and technology enterprise involved in research, product development, and pioneering in innovative products such as smart devices, smart hardware and household electronics. Our team is made up of proactive and creative individuals with backgrounds across the design and technology industry. Our skilled design team cover the product design from the initial concept stage to prototyping, tooling, and manufacturing. We build the product start to finish, implementing creativity in important areas such as:

      • Ergonomic and Mechanical Design
      • PCB Control
      • Embedded Systems

      With our bright and exciting ideas, we aim to turn the giant gap between man and machine into a small space between user and product. Our ongoing projects include:

      • fully-automated cocktail mixers
      • remote-controlled pet autofeeders
      • wireless mobile chargers


    • Process Safety Solutions Ltd

      Process Safety Solutions logo Block D, unit 3, The Blue House

      Process Safety Solutions (PSS) provide engineering, consultancy, systems, support and software services to the Oil & Gas, Nuclear and Renewables industry. Established in 2010, an independent team of highly skilled engineers specialising in the delivery of safety, control & instrumentation projects from concept through to close out.

      We pride ourselves on offering global support to our clients. Our team of adaptable, dynamic and motivated engineers provides unrivalled engineering support through all stages of projects.

      We use our experience to form completely unbiased and independent opinions, thus always offering the most suitable and reliable solutions.


    • Sanderson & Co. - Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys

      Sanderson & Co logo Block D, unit 2, The Blue House

      Sanderson & Co. are Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys. We offer a wide range of Intellectual Property services, from IP advice and research through to the establishment of rights such as patents, trademarks, design, copyright and domain names. We also assist with the management, licensing and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights. Our clients range from multi-nationals to SMEs and individuals in the UK and worldwide.

      Telephone: +44 (0)1206 571187

    • Sea Space Research Ltd – 'Blue Abyss'

      Seaspace logo Room CB.55 Constable Building, Colchester Campus

      Travelling to the hidden depths of Earth's oceans to better understand our planet and sending holidaymakers into space was once the stuff of dreams and movies – today that is no longer the case.

      Exploration of our oceans, tourism in outer space, commercial enterprises operating in low Earth orbit and global transportation is now a reality and will continue to develop as supporting technologies allow. This new reality has created a diverse range of research and commercial opportunities that need technological and human solutions to assist in pushing these boundaries.

      SeaSpace Research Ltd is a private enterprise uniting academic institutions, cutting edge engineering and scientific expertise, and commercial partners and clients to provide solutions to these needs.

      With access to Blue Abyss, the world’s largest and most comprehensive pool-based research, development and training facility, SeaSpace Research is leading the creation of the Kuehnegger Centre. Named after Professor Walter Kuehnegger, the eminent scientist who enabled mankind to walk on the Moon, and now a consultant to both SeaSpace Research and Blue Abyss, this national Research and Development (R&D) centre has been established to serve the vibrant UK aerospace and extreme environment communities.

      Harnessing IP to create products and services that benefit its customers, generating profits for its investors and partners, SeaSpace Research will positively impact the UK human spaceflight, terrestrial healthcare and extreme environment sectors.

      SeaSpace Research seeks to collaborate with industry, academia and a range of other communities. An experienced, multi-disciplinary Board of Advisors and an academic partnership of UK institutions with aerospace/extreme environment R&D and education experience provide guidance.


    • Shark Infested Custard Ltd

      Shark Infested Custard logo Block C, unit 2, ground floor, The Green House

      Shark Infested Custard Ltd is a rather unique award-winning games development studio. Owned and run by BAFTA nominated, veteran games developer Steven Huckle and founder of The Games Hub.

      This Knowledge Gateway based Games Hub has over the past year helped two teams start-up and establish their own development studios and now has six more teams currently taking part.

      We run a free, expert driven programme to enable those who have aspirations and a passion to set up their own games company or enter the industry.

      Working in partnership with the University of Essex, our aim is to continue building and growing the video games industry here in Essex and East Anglia by giving those joining us everything they need to be a success.

    • Sketchbook Games

      Sketchbook Games logo Block C, unit 2, ground floor, The Green House

      Sketchbook Games was founded by Mark Backler who has been working in the games industry for 10 years at companies such as EA, Lionhead, Kuju, Sony and Marmalade on games like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Fable 2. The company aims to create beautiful experiences that move players on a deep, emotional level.

      They are currently working with renowned games writer Rhianna Pratchett on their debut title, Lost Words, which won Best Indie Game, Best Story and Most Creative at Game Connection 2016 as well as Game of the Show at the Intel Buzz Workshop London.

    • Smart Networked Environments (SmartNE)

      Smart Networked Environments logo Block B, unit 4, ground floor, The Red House

      SmartNE provides bespoke indoor and outdoor location-based information services using its unique software platform called WAI2Go. Static maps and floorplans are transformed into interactive interfaces that give information, wayfinding and Internet of Things services around complex buildings and sites.

      WAI2Go is already in mainstream use at locations such as the Universities of Essex and Warwick and is helping to navigate staff and visitors around the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands. In town, SmartNE has launched ‘Colchester’, a location-aware App for residents and visitors that provides information on arts and heritage events and venues.

      Telephone: +44 (0)1206 625201

    • Stonehaven Technology

      Sanderson & Co logo Block B, unit 5, ground floor, The Red House

      Stonehaven Technology develops and supplies highly innovative enterprise software applications. Working with our customers, we enable through our software a new approach to operations, delivering wide, cross organisational functionality and achieving significant business value.

      Our Applications are used by a variety of companies including Sainsbury’s and Electricity North-West. The Company has won one national completion for an innovative application and been finalists in another.

      Telephone: +44 (0)20 3214 5164

    • Teaboy Games

      Teaboy games logo Block B, unit 3, The Red House

      At Teaboy Games we have a passion for innovative and unique mobile games design, and a great brew of course. Focusing on simplistic yet satisfying gameplay, we pride ourselves on making beautiful arcade-style games that appeal to all ages, regardless of experience. Teaboy Games - finely-brewed games.


    • Universal Web Design

      Universal Web Design logo Block B, unit 5, first floor, The Red House

      Universal Web Design is a Colchester based online marketing company which works with over 175 businesses in Essex, Suffolk and London. Universal Web Design supports small and medium sized businesses by promoting their services and products to existing and prospective customers through cost effective, trackable and measureable digital marketing methods including but not limited to; websites, social media, email, content, SEO, PPC and video.

      Twitter: @UniversalWebDes

    • Willis Palmer

      Willis Palmer logo Block D, unit 1, The Blue House

      WillisPalmer is an independent organisation that provides services for children and families. Established in 2004 by Mark Willis and Andre Palmer, two qualified and experienced social workers, we are committed to delivering quality services that are reliable and professional. WillisPalmer provides independent social work and psychological assessments, therapy, training, and specialist interventions with children.

      We offer a network of qualified social workers, psychologists and therapists who are committed to providing high quality independent services. As part of our commitment to high standards, all our reports are professionally quality assured by an experienced member of our quality assurance team.

      WillisPalmer receives referrals from local authorities, solicitors, voluntary agencies, health authorities, residential and educational establishments as well as other agencies or individuals. All practitioners working for WillisPalmer are professionally recruited through a rigorous selection procedure. All are registered through the HCPC or their respective professional bodies and are publicly and professionally insured to carry out specialist independent work.

      Twitter: @willispalmer

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    Contact us

    Jamie Burns

    Jamie Burns

    Head of Operations - University of Essex Knowledge Gateway Limited

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

    Telephone 01206 872849

    Mobile 07769 282555


    If you have any queries or would like to arrange a viewing please contact our agents. We are jointly represented by Whybrow and Fenn Wright

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    Ewan Dodds


    Telephone 01206 577667

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    Steve Donnelly


    Telephone 01206 216557

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