Over half the lab space at a converted 30,000 sq. foot former stationary warehouse in Old Market due to open this Autumn has already been pre-let to ambitious deep tech start up companies.
Deep tech is the pivotal science at the cutting edge of engineering and science.
The project is “Science Creates” second incubator, as their first building is now bursting at the seams. Dan Norris came to see their super success as he backed plans to make the West of England a global centre for deep tech. The Mayor heard about their belief that Bristol should host 1 million square foot of lab space for scientists and engineers.
Metro Mayor Dan Norris heard how local researchers are helping to tackle some of science and engineering’s biggest challenges – from developing potential new Covid vaccines, to the next generation of cell therapies for cancer.
Ashley Brewer said: “We support over 35 science and engineering companies, working across a range of deep tech sectors. This work ranges from developing new vaccine platforms that could remove the need for refrigeration in the vaccine delivery chain, to developing better battery technologies that could help in the move to electrification.
“Our second incubator, opening in November, just around the corner in Old Market, will provide workspace for an additional 150 highly-skilled jobs.”
Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “From Brunel to Concorde our region has always been home to the great engineers and scientists of our times. Today is no exception and we are still creating some of the most exciting science and engineering companies in the country. We need a critical mass of deep tech businesses to really get cut through which is why I’d like to see a million square feet of lab space. Where this has happened elsewhere in the world it’s had a huge benefit not just to the regional but also national economy. This is a model we must follow to get the best for the West of England and also U.K. PLC. Science Creates is doing an amazing job of building for the future.”