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Internal News - 29 April 2008

Lord Sainsbury launches SPark, a new £300 million science park

Today Lord Sainsbury launched SPark, a new £300 million science park.

SPark is a joint initiative involving the University of Bath, the South West RDA, the Universities of Bristol and the West of England and specialist developer Quantum Property Partnership.

Lord Sainsbury unveiled a model and images of how the first building, SPark One, will look. SPark, the Bristol and Bath Science Park will be based at Emerson's Green, Bristol.

SPark, a 10-year project, will provide dedicated space for science and technology businesses in south west England and create around 6,000 highly skilled jobs.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, said:

"The University of Bath believes that SPark will become an outstanding asset for economic growth in the South West and we are delighted to back this project.

"We bring to the partnership our tremendous strengths in science and technology research, as well as our proven expertise in technology transfer.

"The University of Bath will work closely with the businesses at SPark to support their growth and competitiveness. Our cutting edge research is capable of stimulating innovation across the business sectors targeted by SPark."