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North West Regional Science Park (NWRSP). Sarah Kelly – Northern Ireland Science Park. Strategic Location – Derry~Londonderry. 10 year framework for economic & social renewal – One Plan .

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North west regional science park nwrsp

North West Regional Science Park (NWRSP)

Sarah Kelly – Northern Ireland Science Park


North west regional science park nwrsp

Strategic Location – Derry~Londonderry

  • 10 year framework for economic & social renewal – One Plan.

  • Fort George (14 acres / 6 hectares) a former military base. Outline planning permission by December 2012.

  • Location for $50 Million transatlantic telecommshub (Project Kelvin).

  • Knowledge corridor linking University of Ulster & Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

  • Location for North West Regional Science Park.

  • Prime mixed use development opportunity on a gateway waterfront site.


North west regional science park nwrsp

Strategic Location at Fort George

Mix use residential/ office with commercial on ground floor

Knowledge Hub

Multi-storey car park

Mix used office / Light Industrial


North west regional science park

North West Regional Science Park

  • third generation Science Park at Fort George Derry~Londonderry 50k sqft (gross) & 20k sqft (gross) LYIT.

  • submitted for $18m funding to Special EU Programmes Body (European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme).

  • Partners: Northern Ireland Science Park Ltd (NISP), Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) and North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG).

  • Outcome proportionate to NISP success to date circa $4m to $5.7m pa net GDP and circa 300.


Impact of a science park

Impact of a Science Park

  • A Science Park is an economic catalyst to drive the Knowledge Economy (eg Silicon Valley).

  • Growing the Knowledge Economy:

    • Knowledge (Research & IP)

    • Risk Capital (all stages, Angels to IPO)

    • Well coupled business professionals (accountants, lawyers, bankers)

    • Independent Facilitators (the Science Park)


Innovation eco system

Innovation Eco-system

pro bono programmes

Education//networking:

  • Springboard; Frameworks; £25K Awards

  • Enterprise Forum; Frontiers in STEM; IP exchange; Co-Founders

  • US-NI Mentorship programme; Generation-Innovation

    Investor Readiness//Access to $$££:

  • Entrepreneur In Residence; Springboard; Halo*; VC Forum

    Independent Research:

  • NI Knowledge Economy Index (the ‘where we are now’ report)

  • Support to Department of Enterprise Trade & Investment (MATRIX: NI’s Science-Industry panel; Technology Strategy Board; EU)

    Network Enabler:

  • Learned societies (Institute of Physics; Royal Society of Engineering;), Education; Research (Universities and Colleges)

*Affiliated – business angel network


North west regional science park nwrsp

Shipyard to Titanic Quarterfrom dereliction to Knowledge Economy

Titanic Belfast

Hollywood in Belfast


North west regional science park nwrsp

NI Science Park 2003-2012

ECIT Queen’s University


Ni science park 2012 o utcomes to date

NI Science Park 2012 Outcomes to date

  • Adding $130m+ gross pa GDP by playing host to 2000 staff in 110 companies, 210,000 sqft;

  • Facilitating circa $16m risk capital pa;

  • Mobilising 1000 business volunteers & 110 Business Angels to help 800 new starts;

  • Refreshing NI companies with ideas; &

  • Showcasing to 100+ School visits & 60,000 visitors pa.


Artist s impression

Artist’s impression

NWRSP - Economic Catalyst

  • replicate NISP and capitalise on the ‘nerd gene’;

  • increase opportunities to attract local and returning STEM graduates;

  • attract R&D divisions of large corporates;

  • increase interest and investment from the global investment community.


Knowledge economy ambitions

Knowledge Economy Ambitions

North West Regional Science Park

Source: Knowledge Economy Index Baseline Report 2011 – Oxford Economics


Contact details

Contact Details

Sarah Kelly

Northern Ireland Science Park

[email protected]

o|+44 (0) 28 9073 7800

c|+44 (0) 7905 33 9508


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