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Official Opening For Leicester’s Dock


Official Opening For Leicester’s Dock

A £5.8 million innovation centre that will provide high quality workspace for up to 54 new space, science and technology businesses will be formally opened today.

Leicester’s Dock – built on a new enterprise park close to the National Space Centre at Pioneer Park – is already home to 16 hi-tech businesses, but today’s launch will provide an opportunity for other potential tenants to look around its facilities.

The event will also celebrate the completion of the project on time – and under budget.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The official launch of Dock marks a key milestone in the development of Leicester’s innovation and technology hub at Pioneer Park.

“By investing in this facility, and creating a cluster of hi-tech businesses, we hope to be able to accelerate the growth of this important industry sector.”

As well as office space, Dock also offers workshop and laboratory space, shared conference, exhibition and reception facilities, and all of the support services that a growing hi-tech business needs.

Luke Pulford, workspace manager at Dock, said: “Since opening our doors to our first tenants in October, more than a third of our space is now occupied.

“What’s particularly pleasing is that we’re seeing interest in all three types of our accommodation, with businesses already operating from our workshops, our offices and our laboratory space.

“We’ve now let 18 units to 16 businesses – each working in space, science and technology – and we’re absolutely delighted by the response we’ve had so far.”

Howard Bashford, co-founder of Finerday – one of the latest businesses to set up at Dock – said: “Dock is a great environment and has a fantastic community of exciting businesses already.

“We are very excited to have moved in to a building that we know will be so good for our business.”

Multi-disciplinary design consultancy Redline Studios – the first business to move in – has taken a ground floor workshop at Dock, as well as a separate workspace for their design studio.

“What we were looking for was flexible workspace that would meet our diverse range of requirements,” said director Alan Ainsworth.

“Having a ground floor workshop, with direct access from a secure compound, gives us the space we need to design and develop prototypes for our medical, industrial and consumer product projects.

“A separate workspace accommodates the design studio, housing the 2D and 3D CAD systems we use to come up with cutting edge product solutions.

“But Dock also has professional presence. Every one of our clients that has visited since we moved in last October has been impressed with the overall impression the facility gives.

“We’re confident about our future here too – so much so that we’re already negotiating an extension to our studios to include a further workspace.”

Dock is supported by £1.9million from the European Regional Development Fund and £294,000 from the Homes and Communities Agency.

It’s the first building to be completed at Pioneer Park – the new innovation and technology park at Abbey Meadows that’s helped transform a brownfield site close to the National Space Centre.

The project is a key part of the City Mayor’s plans to establish four key business investment areas in the city. These will focus on accelerating growth in food and drink manufacturing in north-east Leicester; the creative industries in St George’s Cultural Quarter; retail, commercial and business support service in the city centre; and innovation and technology at Abbey Meadows.

Pioneer Park is also attracting investment from the private sector. The Sowden Group has recently completed a scheme at the park that fronts Abbey Lane and offers 12,500sqft of A Grade office accommodation.

More information about 2 Exploration Drive is available at sowdengroup

Businesses interested in the opportunities available at Dock should contact Luke Pulford on 0116 261 7881.