Leicester Waterside

Leicester Waterside Enterprise Zone site is located to the north-west of the vibrant city of Leicester. It comprises around 66.5 hectares of land split across two areas, ‘Waterside’ and ‘Space City’. A gateway to the city centre it has significant potential to be transformed into high-quality employment space including mixed-use neighbourhoods. This site is part of the Loughborough and Leicester Science and Innovation Enterprise Zone.

Waterside is a hidden gem, a strategically important location, bounded by three key routes into the city, with many characterful historic structures, ranging from simple but fine examples of industrial warehouses to important listed buildings. It is a key regeneration site for the city and a perfect area for high-value employment as well as Grade A office space. A planned housing-led mixed-use development will lead the transformation of the area, complemented by vibrant business hubs with limitless possibilities for collaboration and shared ideas.

Space City is fast becoming a thriving innovation-based community and unique location for collaborative research and development. Home to high-tech companies through the DOCK business incubator facilities and Space Park Leicester, a significant global hub for businesses, researchers, academia, and innovation is being created particularly in space technologies and space-enabled products and services.

The offer

Waterside offers opportunities to develop superb, quality office space for the professional and business services sector alongside high-tech manufacturing facilities and R&D space. The creation of 2,000 brand new homes, creating a vibrant and thriving mixed-use neighbourhood close to the City will support the economic success of the area. Local amenities and a range of new leisure opportunities for walking, cycling and boating are planned into the site development.

Space City provides investors seeking access to advantageously located R&D capacity and talent, particularly in the space, space technologies and space-enabled sectors, the perfect solution. A strong collaborative community is developing on the site with access to state-of-the-art facilities for business, innovation, and training, as well as shared meeting/ leisure space and commercial/ industrial office space to grow existing businesses and foster start-ups and spinouts.

The investor benefits of locating in a Leicestershire Enterprise Zone include high-quality and cost competitive locations, unrivalled global connectivity, and access to exceptional people and talent. Free, impartial, tailored advice and support for your business, including a dedicated and integrated relocation team who will work closely with you every step of the way, is available through Invest Leicester.

More information about Waterside can be found through Leicester City Council and more information on the Space Park Leicester development can be found on the University of Leicester website.

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