New Technology Centre Announced For Cambridge Science Park
Sir John Bradfield Centre will be in the heart of the science park thanks to £4.8 million investment.
We hope to promote a culture in which we not only help to develop technologies and companies, but also the entrepreneurs who will build the industries of the future.
Sir Gregory Winter, Master of Trinity College
The Prime Minister David Cameron announced a £4.8 million partnership yesterday at the Cambridge Science Park to build a new technology centre.
The joint investment between Trinity College and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills is part of plans to build the Sir John Bradfield Centre in the heart of the science park.
Trinity College, the College of Sir Isaac Newton among many other distinguished scientists, has long been at the centre of scientific innovation in Cambridge University.
The College was an early promoter of technology transfer to industry with the development of the Cambridge Science Park, which is now occupied by more than 90 companies with some 5,000 employees.
The College would like to do more to translate Cambridge research into companies and products; particularly in the very early stage companies.
It is known that science incubators can help in these early stages, in particular by providing teams and start-up companies with flexible and affordable space, education, mentoring and finance. It is expected that these companies will thrive in the self-sustaining entrepreneurial culture of the new centre and the Science Park.
Sir Gregory Winter, Master of Trinity College said: “Trinity College is pleased to help on all these fronts by providing a highly flexible building at the heart of the Science Park, and working with other partners to help with education, mentoring and seed financing.
“We hope to promote a culture in which we not only help to develop technologies and companies, but also the entrepreneurs who will build the industries of the future.
“We are particularly pleased to associate this building with Sir John Bradfield, former Senior Bursar of the College, who was instrumental in the creation of the Cambridge Science Park.”
- Sir John Bradfield 1925 – 2014: One name alone is synonymous with the foundation of Cambridge Science Park: Sir John Bradfield, Senior Bursar of Trinity College from 1956 to 1992. Right from the start, Sir John saw that establishing and developing the links between the University and hi-tech tenants was critical to the success of Cambridge Science Park. His evident fascination in science and technology was deep rooted. Sir John won a scholarship to study natural sciences at Trinity College in 1942 and he became a research fellow in zoology in 1947. On October 13th 2014, Sir John passed away at Trinity College, on his way to a Cambridge Science Park Forum.
- The proposed Technology Centre will be a new building on a 1.25 acre site providing a net internal floor area of 36,000 sq ft over three floors. Two thirds of the building will be innovation and lab space. In addition, about 6,000 sq ft will provide space for a café, retail unit, conference and meeting rooms and communal networking area.
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