Kent tech centre gets green light

Planning permission has been granted for a new £5.5m innovation centre, to be built on the Canterbury campus of Kent University

Planning permission has been granted for a new £5.5m, 3,638m2 innovation centre, the first phase of a business park, to be built on the Canterbury campus of Kent University.

University vice-chancellor Prof Julia Goodfellow said: ‘This is an outstanding opportunity for the University and the region. We look forward to working closely with SEEDA, Canterbury City Council and the Canterbury Enterprise Hub to make this development a success.’

Peter Cusdin, Development Director at SEEDA said: ‘Canterbury Innovation Centre will provide a superb facility for the city, enabling entrepreneurial individuals and companies to develop and grow technology-based businesses. Construction is expected to start in Spring 2008 and the building will open in summer 2009.’

SEEDA, working with the university and Canterbury City Council, has appointed RH Partnership architects to work alongside the South East Regional Design Panel on the design of the Canterbury Innovation Centre. The centre is scheduled to open in summer 2009 and will provide office, workshop and studio units of between 10 and 40m2 suitable for innovative small and hi-tech businesses. The units will be available on flexible licence terms, with on-site management and business support.

The Canterbury Enterprise Hub, also based on the University campus, currently has 15 companies within its current facilities and a waiting list of others who wish to relocate to the Campus.