Fast evolving into a hub for innovation and growth for life sciences and medical research, Kent is home to two of the UK’s leading science parks as well as North Kent Enterprise Zone allowing businesses to save substantially on overheads thanks to cheaper commercial costs and discounted business rates.
Located in Sandwich, Discovery Park has established itself as one of the UK’s top science parks due to a fantastic track record in drug discovery. Home to pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Mylan, as well as many visionary life science businesses such as Genea Biomedx, Centauri Therapeutics and Algaecytes, this 220-acre science park offers world-class laboratory space for rent, built to suit micro, medium and large businesses.
Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facilities are also available on-site, providing manufacturing companies with all the resources they need on-site to grow their operations. Complete with modern and flexible office space, Discovery Park offers a unique campus setting that invites innovation and collaboration amongst businesses. In future, there are aspirations to develop part of the site for advanced manufacturing, allowing for even more supply chain optimisation and collaboration opportunities.
Kent Science Park
Kent Science Park in Sittingbourne offers over 500,000 sq. ft of high-spec, purpose-built accommodation from office to lab space. The site is perfect to nurture start-ups as well as serve expanding or mature technology companies. This science park was awarded Best Life Science Research Facility in the South East England at the International Life Science Awards in 2016 and has attracted tenants such as Ino Therapeutics, AbBaltis, Aesop and Plantworks.
Kent Medical Campus
Located in Maidstone, Kent Medical Campus is part of the North Kent Enterprise Zone, with exciting plans being rolled out to create a new fully integrated life science campus for clinician led medical sciences.
This specialist business hub is close to a number of top performing universities, including the University of Kent, Greenwich University and Canterbury Christ Church University.
Kent’s largest privately-run hospital KIMS Hospital opened as part of the first phase of the campus, employing more than 300 staff with 250 clinicians across a range of disciplines. The opening of a new 65 bed mental health facility for adults by Cygnet Health Care marks the next stage.
A new innovation centre offering small and medium sized enterprises working in the life science, healthcare and med-tech sectors has also been announced. This space would provide a new ecosystem for life science innovation.
Businesses looking for quick access to the M20 and a central location in Kent will find the Kent Medical Campus a strong contender, with high-end office and laboratory space.
North Kent Enterprise Zone
One of the latest additions to the county commercial property offering, the North Kent Enterprise Zone includes Ebbsfleet Garden City, Maidstone’s Kent Medical Campus and Innovation Park Medway. Businesses will be able to enjoy unique benefits, such as discounted business rates and exclusive business support.
Innovation Park Medway located at Rochester Airport will focus on technology, engineering and manufacturing and makes an ideal location for medical and life science manufacturers looking to relocate in a collaborative environment.
Ebbsfleet Garden City has three linked sites, which will offer 85,000m2 of commercial space and business hubs with the aim of creating a centre of excellence in medical and healthcare research. It will offer medical and healthcare professionals as well as advanced manufacturing businesses sector-specific offices and industrial facilities.
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