Space Park, Leicester

“Space Park Leicester is one of the most exciting and ambitious developments that the University has undertaken. It will lead to significant growth of the commercial space sector in the region, providing new high quality jobs and a significant economic impact.

We are immensely grateful for LLEP support, from the Local Growth Fund, which has been essential for bringing the project from concept to reality.”

– Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Science Projects and Director, Leicester Institute of Space & Earth Observation

Project Summary

Space Park Leicester will develop a nationally significant space park in Leicester to develop a global hub for space research, learning, public engagement and innovation. It will enable collaboration between the University of Leicester and the private sector, and create high quality jobs to build our region’s skills base and contribute to the local economy.

The first phase of the project will deliver a 4800 m2 facility that represents the core of the space park. This building house science and innovation, Earth observation, coding, training and general facilities which will be developed over the period late 2019-2020. Further elements will be developed through to 2025, which will be subject to further rounds of funding development.


Project stats

Project sponsors Leicester University
LLEP investment £8.1 million
Project status Ongoing
Start date 2019
End date 2020


Project Outcomes

Core science & innovation facility circa 4800m²
200 jobs
10 business start-ups
3 inward investors
100 businesses supported


Useful Links

University of Leicester Space Park Leicester page