City Space Park Plans Announced
Detailed plans for a £75 million plan to create a new space park in Leicester have now been released. University bosses are seeking people’s views on the major research and teaching complex, which is planned on a 9 acres site along the banks of the River Soar on the former John Ellis School site off Abbey Lane.
The University of Leicester is working with Leicester City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and the National Space Centre on the plans which will support the Government’s strategy to bring £40 billion from the space market to the UK, creating a global hub combining research, teaching and innovation.
Space Park Leicester will carry out research in space and Earth observation, and train space scientists of the future. It is estimated that 2,500 jobs will be created at the park which will contribute £850 million a year to the East Midlands’ economy.
Subject to planning approval, construction of the first phase will start in early 2019. This will include collaboration space, teaching and learning spaces, laboratories, as well as a café.