Knowledge Gateway

Knowledge Gateway

Knowledge Gateway Parkside Phase 3

Our growing research and technology park

Join us at the Knowledge Gateway, our research and technology park on our Colchester Campus. It's the location of choice in the east for knowledge-based science, technology and digital creative companies. 

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 in innovation

Set in mature parkland on our Colchester Campus, since 2010 the Knowledge Gateway has been growing apace, after an initial £13m investment to build roads and infrastructure.

Today, it's the home to SME hotspot Parkside Office Village, with more than 20 resident companies and another phase underway, plus our £21m carbon-neutral Essex Business School which opened in 2015.

The Knowledge Gateway's Innovation Centre provides the space plus the vital hands-on support to help 50 start-ups and small businesses scale-up and succeed plus it is also home to a state-of-the-art creative digital studio, Studio X.

Excellent on-campus facilities


Colchester as your business base

Colchester offers many benefits as a base for your business. It has rapid growth, with the population forecast to increase by 24% to 224,700 by 2031 backed by major regeneration efforts by Colchester Borough Council.

As well as a great range of shops and services, the area offers superb quality of life for employees, with Dedham Vale and Constable Country within a few miles, rural Suffolk to the north and the many picturesque Essex 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 a vibrant arts scene including the Firstsite visual arts centre, the Mercury Theatre and Colchester Arts Centre.

Bespoke development

The Knowledge Gateway has designated space for small, medium and larger businesses choosing to design their own office space or headquarters, by working with our design and build team. Get in touch with us to find out more.

Knowledge Gateway transport links

  • Road 60 miles from central London on the A12
  • Rail 46 minutes from London Liverpool Street
  • Air 30 miles to London Stansted Airport and 44 miles to Southend Airport

General enquiries
Jamie Burns Head of Operations, University of Essex Knowledge Gateway Limited
Telephone:  01206 872849 or 07769282555
Commercial premises enquiries
Ewan Dodds Whybrow
Telephone:  01206 577667
Ben Le Coq Carter Jonas
Telephone: 020 75183335 or 07776 181799
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Innovate UK funding

Essex has successfully secured more Innovate UK KTP funding than any other university in the East of England or London (and we're number 1 in the UK). You could access around £150k through this program or equally partner with us on a Smart grant and secure up to £3m to work with a consortia on your project. Essex will lead the entire process and have a sector-leading track record at winning this funding. All projects are commercially driven and underpinned by world class research from Essex.

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