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North west regional science park nwrsp

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.

  • 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.

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


  • 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

Shipyard to Titanic Quarterfrom dereliction to Knowledge Economy

Titanic Belfast

Hollywood in Belfast

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