Lincoln science park celebrates five years

Planning permission has been received for eight new buildings as Lincoln Science and Innovation park celebrates its fifth anniversary.

The first soil was topped at the former Ruston Bucyrus manufacturing HQ, which is based at Boole Technology Centre on Beevor Street in Lincoln, in the spring of 2013.

Phase Two of the Science Park, which is a joint venture between Lincolnshire Co-op and the University of Lincoln, will see the site double in size.

In 2019 the new buildings will start to be made available on a design and build basis, with the aim of reaching capacity within eight years.

The derelict Ruston Bucyrus site before the science park was built.

Joseph Banks Laboratories, home to the University’s science research facilities.

Taking a look back

The original building stock was redeveloped into the Joseph Banks Laboratories and Minster House, which is home to the University of Lincoln’s Schools of Pharmacy, Chemistry and Life Sciences research and laboratory facilities.

The Boole Technology Centre was constructed next before opening its doors in March 2017.

It has half of its units already occupied, with another 20% of the space in the process of being let.

In October 2017 the Science Park acquired an investment property next to the site, which is occupied by Homelet.

The Dedication Ceremony marks the start of building Boole Technology Centre: From left, Lincoln Science Park Director Tom Blount with Ursula Lidbetter, CEO, Lincolnshire Co-op and Prof Mary Stuart, Vice-chancellor of the University of Lincoln, representing the Park’s joint venture partners.

What’s happening next

In October the Science Park is launching a pharmacy cluster, bringing together the University of Lincoln School of Pharmacy with the Lincolnshire Co-op.

In 2019 eight new buildings will be available on a design and build basis.

Lincoln Science and Innovation Park Director Tom Blount said: “We have a great mix of companies here, attracted by the support offered and the prestige of being based in Boole Technology Centre and on the Park.

“We are indisputably en route to building a vigorous network and the focus over the next years will be on expanding it further.”