Space Park Leicester - where space and space-enabled technology will change the world for the better - is designed for the University of Leicester by Shepheard Epstein Hunter. The SEH masterplan and architecture transform the former John Ellis School site, opposite the listed Abbey Pumping Station Museum, and were evolved through close collaboration with stakeholders since early feasibility studies in 2015. The first two phases are now complete.
Space Park Leicester provides '... state-of-the-art, high-tech facilities for research, development and manufacturing' and is a new home for a community of university departments and '...companies covering an end-to-end capability, from satellite design and engineering, through to downstream data and its applications...' creating '...unmatched opportunities for collaboration...where industry and academia join forces'. Space Park Leicester will '...drive research excellence and application...support industrial growth in the sector and...develop the skills needed to deliver...expansion of the space (and wider) economy.'
Phase One provides a mix of teaching, laboratory, office and collaboration space; Phase Two adds laboratories, workshops and clean rooms which will deliver the METEOR (Manufacturing, Engineering, Technology and Earth Observation Research) programme and has received nearly £14 million in funding through Round 6 of Research England’s flagship capital investment scheme, the UK Research Partnership Investment Fund (UKRPIF).
This funding is expected to leverage a further £50 million of investments in space and Earth observation (EO) research in Leicester, and the Centre '...will revolutionise how satellites are conceived, designed, operated and produced, as well as how data derived from them is interpreted and used to solve real world problems'.