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UK Space Innovation gets significant boost at Westcott

The Satellite Applications Catapult, in partnership with Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership, is pleased to announce its expansion at Westcott Venture Park due to a £5.7m investment in new facilities. 'Building 4000' is set to house an In-Orbit Servicing and Manufacturing facility alongside the expansion of the Healthy and Agri Living Labs. These exciting initiatives will help the UK secure a 10% share of the global space market. The £5.7m investment, funded by £2m from the Getting Building Fund (GBF) through the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership and £3.7m private sector investment from PATRIZIA Hanover PUT, signals the UK’s steadfast commitment [...]

27th January, 2022|

New Satellite Propulsion Test Facility at Westcott Enterprise Zone to propel UK into new space age!

Based in Bucks LEP’s Enterprise Zone, the newly opened test facility will create around 60 jobs and offer companies a more affordable test facility than international rivals. The national rocket test facility at Westcott is a key step towards delivering a world-leading hub for the space sector in the heart of Bucks. Westcott is recognised as an integral part of the UK space sector growth strategy, which includes the Westcott Innovation Centre, a 5G Step-Out Test Facility and Incubation Centre. “This pioneering facility will support our ambitious space businesses, enabling them to undertake complex spacecraft engine testing, while boosting [...]

16th August, 2021|

David Beckham buys a stake in rapidly expanding Silverstone Enterprise Zone based company

The former footballer, well known for his love of a fast and flashy motor, is investing in Silverstone-based Lunaz, as the firm announces ambitious expansion plans. Lunaz launched in 2019 and is famous for its conversions of high-end classic cars, is now launching two new arms which will create 500 skilled jobs developing electric drivetrains for heavy goods vehicles and off-the-shelf EV systems for customers. The Silverstone Enterprise Zone site is Lunaz’s permanent manufacturing headquarters for classic car conversions as well as the research and development base for all three arms of the business which it plans to develop [...]

16th August, 2021|

OneWeb to open its first sales and demo experience at Westcott Enterprise Zone

London, 26 April 2021 – OneWeb, the global communications network powered from space, has announced today that it is opening a state-of-the-art Service Demonstration Experience at the new Innovation Centre at Westcott Venture Park, which is run and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult and was funded by Buckinghamshire LEP through the Local Growth Fund. Situated in Buckinghamshire to the North West of London, OneWeb’s unique facility will welcome visitors from 1st May to demonstrate the performance and potential applications of their satellite network in real-time. The Demo Experience will showcase equipment and high-speed connectivity, and visitors will be [...]

29th April, 2021|

New Innovation Centre Opens at Westcott

Westcott, 19th October 2020 - The UK space sector will take its next significant step forward today with the opening of a new multi-million-pound Innovation Centre at Westcott in Buckinghamshire. More than 200 delegates and dignitaries will attend the online opening event, with Greg Smith MP, Member of Parliament for Buckingham, Richard Harrington, CEO of Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Buckinghamshire LEP) and Stuart Martin, CEO of the Satellite Applications Catapult cutting the virtual ribbon. Situated on the Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, the Westcott Innovation Centre is a new 1,200m2 facility, providing opportunities for organisations that have outgrown other facilities [...]

30th October, 2020|

Roundabout unlocks potential at Westcott

A new multi-million pound roundabout project to improve traffic flow and unlock potential for growth at Westcott Ventre Park was officially opened on Friday 2nd October. Construction work on the £2 million roundabout and access scheme started in January 2020 to replace the former T-junction with a new dedicated access to the Park from the A41. This critical investment in infrastructure was funded through a partnership between Buckinghamshire Council, Westcott Venture Park, Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, to achieve the following: • Help road safety • Encourage business growth and economic stimulation • Discourage HGV’s [...]

30th October, 2020|

International lifestyle drinks brand Eighty-One to locate UK base at Silverstone Enterprise Zone

EIGHTY-ONE, an energy drink and mineral water manufacturer that partners with the Racing Heroes motorsport team for wounded and disabled military veterans, has become the first business to agree terms on new commercial premises being constructed in Silverstone Park’s Enterprise Zone. The business, launched by entrepreneur Pit Heeb in Switzerland five years ago, will occupy one of seven stand-alone industrial units. These are being constructed alongside a further six terraced properties as part of the latest 258,000 sq ft speculative scheme in the Enterprise Zone by Silverstone Park developer MEPC. EIGHTY-ONE’s unit will be 26,330 sq ft in size, forming the [...]

16th July, 2020|

Satellite Application Innovation Centre nearing completion

Work is progressing well at the Satellite Application Innovation Centre at Westcott Park, which is due to open this summer. Bucks LEP are investing £3.2m (including £1.2m from the AVEZ) in a new National Centre for Satellite Applications, alongside the UK Space Agency, which includes a new Innovation Centre and training hub for the next generation of technicians, scientists and engineers working in this field and helping develop the links between businesses and academia in this high growth sector.  The centre is linked with the 5G Testbed and Business Incubation centre making use of the live rocket propulsion testing [...]

7th July, 2020|

We’re on the road to…growth

During quieter road conditions due the lockdown, work has advanced on the new A41 Westcott roundabout to enable the Westcott Enterprise Zone to move ahead with plans for a £3.2 million innovation centre, a high-tech business space for world-leading space propulsion and satellite industries. Placed at the heart of the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, the site has the potential to become a major hub for the UK space programme and the application of  5G innovation technologies. 

25th June, 2020|
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