Plans revealed for Leicester’s new £75million space park

This will contribute £850m and 2,500 jobs to the local economy

This is what the new £75m Leicester Space Park could look like when it is completed.

The new image has been revealed ahead of a public consultation and a planning application being submitted this summer.

The University of Leicester is working with Leicester City Council, Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) and the National Space Centre to make Leicester a key hub for space research, teaching and innovation.

It is part of the government’s strategy to bring £40bn from the space market to the UK.

The park will carry out research in space and earth observation, provide training for the space scientists of the future and contribute to growth in the national space economy.

It is expected that when completed, the benefits to the regional economy will be £850m and 2,500 jobs.

A consultation session is being held on Thursday 7 June, between 3pm and 7.30pm at the National Space Centre. The aim of the session is to share the plans with local people and take on board their views about how they would like to see Space Park Leicester develop.

The park will be located on the site of the former John Ellis School on Leicester’s Waterside.

Following the consultation, a planning application is expected to be submitted this summer.

The application will establish the overall vision for the development of the 9.3 acre site and also include more detailed plans for the first building to be constructed.

Subject to planning approval, construction of the phase one building will start in early 2019. This will include collaboration space, teaching and learning spaces, laboratories, as well as a café located in a bright and airy atrium space.

Leicester city mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “I am confident that Space Park Leicester will be a major asset to the city and Leicester’s Waterside and it will help to regenerate this currently unused site.”

“This is a huge opportunity to make Leicester the UK capital of space-related research, innovation and skills development.”

Prof Martin Barstow from the University of Leicester added: “Space Park Leicester will be a world-leading space research and innovation facility, helping to train the space scientists of the future and contributing to economic growth in the region and nationally.”