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Tuesday, 03 June 2014

THE first phase of Essex University’s new research and development park is to open for business on Friday. The Knowledge Gateway park will be spread over 400,000 sq ft and include new student accommodation and a business incubation and innovation centre.

It is hoped it will create up to 2,000 jobs when complete. The first stage is the Parkside development, featuring nine office units, which will be launched with an open morning for visitors and those interested in taking on the space.

Essex University registrar Bryn Morris said it was an exciting day for the university, which also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. He said: “We have been anticipating this development for a number of years and to see it coming to fruition is really gratifying.” Mr Morris said the university wanted to build relationships with businesses that use the office space at Parkside to the benefit of business, the university and students. He added: “The university has a strong desire to build productive relationships with businesses who see being a part of the university community of benefit. “It will enable us to make better use of our world leading research and provide a range of opportunities for our current students and graduates who are looking to move into work.

Parkside has already seen some interest from firms looking to move there.
Whybrow Chartered Surveyors in Colchester have been consultants on the commercial Knowledge Gateway project since the beginning and will now act as agents to let the office space on behalf of the university. Richard Swan, from the company, said it is exciting to finally see the first stage opening for business.“Parkside is more than just property and an office building. “It is a fantastic opportunity for businesses who want to engage with students and also benefit from research being carried out at the university, for what I call university-minded businesses. “There is a wealth of expertise on the campus and that can be shared between academics and businesses.

For further information please call Richard Swan on 01206 577667. 

All of the above taken from the Daily Gazette, with credit to them.  


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