Harwell has one of the most ambitious campus investment plans in the world.

We are investing £300 million to triple the amount of available lab space on campus – adding over 600,000 sq. ft in the next two years. 

Introducing, Campus 600. 

Harwell campus is already a remarkable place, with over 250 organisations and £3bn of national facilities including the UK’s (instantly recognisable UFO shaped) synchrotron, but over the last few years we have not been able to meet demand for companies who want to move here and become part of our community. Knight Frank reported that companies across the Golden Triangle are seeking 2.2 million sq. ft of lab space but only 350,000 sq. ft is available.   

That’s why we are delighted to announce, ‘Campus 600’, the next step in the story of this wonderful campus.

“Given that Oxford University is spinning out more companies than anywhere else in the UK and other local universities like Cranfield are closing fast, we need to ensure we can offer the right space, environment, and home for these exciting companies to start-up, scale-up and have truly global impact.”

Stuart Grant, CEO of Harwell Campus

We are investing £300 million to triple the amount of available lab space on campus – adding over 600,000 sq. ft (the equivalent of 2 Ellison Institutes) in the next two years.  

Some of our development will be specifically targeted at early-stage companies and spin-outs, such as Motherlabs, our accelerator offering, with a dedicated lab manager and shared services that make it easy to start-up a science business.

Such as Co:LABS, which has been designed from the ground up to support starting and scaling science businesses.

CO@LABS at Harwell Campus

The Co:LABS development we will create specific space dedicated to VC firms, allowing them to be closer to the companies they are investing in.  

You then have our flexible advanced manufacturing spaces, Zeta and Tech Foundry, both equipped for state-of-the-art equipment, enabling companies to innovate and strengthen UK capabilities.

For instance, Astroscale’s UK team at the Zeus building in Harwell recently built the first commercial space debris inspection satellite, promoting space sustainability. Watch what Astroscale have to say about their move to Harwell.

For larger organisations, we are constructing Moderna’s Innovation and Technology Centre at the campus front, nearing completion. Harwell was chosen for its talent, expertise, and partnerships with national research facilities, supporting collaboration in life sciences, space, energy, and quantum clusters. This milestone boosts the UK life sciences economy and onshore vaccine manufacturing capabilities.

Moderna at Harwell Campus

Harwell Campus continues to lead in scientific innovation and technological advancement. With the expansion of our advanced manufacturing capabilities and the addition of state-of-the-art facilities such as Moderna’s Innovation and Technology Centre, we reinforce our position as a key player in the UK’s research and development landscape.

Explore the Campus 600 developments below to discover how Harwell is shaping the future of science and technology.

Campus 600 Developments

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