News from PSP…
20 February 2020
PSP is set to gain international recognition after it was awarded a coveted Life Sciences Opportunity Zone status. It was one of only six sites in the UK out of dozens that applied, which were successfully granted the status.
Life Sciences Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “The UK is home to one of the strongest, most vibrant health and life science industries globally, with discoveries and improvements in health diagnosis transforming people’s lives.
“Collaboration is vital to growing this sector and this new £10million scheme will support the exchanging of ideas, knowledge and skills between researchers and businesses while encouraging strong collaboration with them, the NHS and the Government.”
The Government scheme allows partners on the site to showcase the capabilities of the Porton Down Science Campus to an international audience, particularly overseas Life Sciences companies looking to expand into the UK.
PSP, unveiled a couple of years ago, is a new addition to the established Porton Down Science Campus which is home to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Public Health England, Porton.
Located near Salisbury in south Wiltshire, the first phase of the science park included new incubation and grow-on space totalling 3,950m2.
The science park’s current building houses everything from Life Sciences, Pharma and Bioscience to Defence Technology – https://www.portonsciencepark.com/tenants/
The first phase of development at PSP was funded by Wiltshire Council, the local Growth Fund via the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP), and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) via the European Structural and Investment Fund.
Cllr Philip Whitehead, leader of Wiltshire Council says: “Porton Science Park is attracting the brightest and best and is building a reputation as a place where ground-breaking research into Life Sciences and Technology is taking place”
He added that the new status was “an opportunity for this jewel in Wiltshire’s crown to be on an international stage bringing high skilled jobs to the county and a real boost to Wiltshire’s economy.”
Paddy Bradley, Director of the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP), added: “It will support our efforts in promoting the world class capabilities at Porton to an international audience, bringing more highly skilled jobs to the south Wiltshire area.”
Professor Andy Bell, Chief Technical Officer at Dstl said: “Dstl is committed to the successful development of the Porton Science Park and wider campus. The Porton Science Park development complements our own facilities and further secures the campus as a centre of excellence.”
Alex Sienkiewicz, Director of Corporate Affairs for Public Health England, Porton, said: “We congratulate Porton Science Park colleagues on securing this prestigious award and the undoubted benefits and opportunities that it will bring for all campus partners, including increased international promotion of our collective world-class capabilities.”
Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive Officer, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust commented: “Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust fully supports this announcement. Life Sciences Opportunity Zone status will benefit our community and Salisbury hospital, by attracting and retaining the best people in live and work here. This is a major step forwards in making Salisbury a centre of excellence for health, which I welcome.”
07 January 2020
Wiltshire Council’s cabinet has today agreed to invest £2.5m of capital funding to create an Innovation Centre at PSP. A further £2.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will combine to create a second building that will add expansion space, additional employment from the scheme, and enable an economy of scale.
Once completed, the new Innovation Centre, which constitutes phase two of the site’s development project, will provide specialist business support, training and development for scientific businesses on the Porton Down Science Campus.
This will help ensure that businesses already situated at PSP will be able to stay on-site to share support and specialist technologies.
The initial £2.5m of the Council’s capital funding matches the £2.5m of ERDF for the project, which will not be affected by Brexit, and is subject to the confirmation of the Council’s matched funding.
Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: “Porton Science Park has been a real success for south Wiltshire, bringing high value employment to the area and consolidating it as a nationally important centre of excellence in specialist health, life science and defence and security sectors.
“The new Innovation Centre, which we hope will begin construction later in 2020, will build on the success of the first building at PSP, and enable business there to share resources and technologies, and establish links to higher education institutions, researchers and academics.”
PSP opened in January 2018 on the Porton Down Science Campus which is also home to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and Public Health England (PHE) Porton.
PSP’s first building already has more than 130 people working from the site.
The first £10m phase opened with funding from Wiltshire Council, the local Growth Fund and the ERDF working closely with the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP).
Please contact PSP for more information about future tenancy opportunities in the Innovation Centre.