“Through the Local Growth Fund, we have invested £2m in The Westcott Innovation Centre – an important example of this government’s commitment to becoming a world leader in the space sector while levelling up jobs and opportunities in our regions.” Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP.
The Westcott Venture Park is one of three sites in Buckinghamshire that has secured Enterprise Zone status. The vision for the park is to be a globally leading centre in the field of space and satellite propulsion, building on the rich heritage of rocket technologies at the site.
Bucks LEP alongside the UK Space Agency are investing in a new National Centre for Satellite Applications, including 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 facilities on the site.
The Bucks LEP board approved £2m towards this project at their meeting in September 2016. Planning was approved for the Satellite Applications Innovation Centre in December 2019 and construction of the building started in January 2020 and completed in October 2020 – delivering 1,200 sqm of dedicated flexible space for commercial testing research and development of satellite systems and technologies.
In conjunction with the Innovation Centre, Bucks LEP, and Aylesbury Vale Enterprise Zone, the Council Highways Authority are delivering new access improvements to the Westcott site from the A41 Bicester road. The highway improvements started in January 2020 and was completed in time for the occupation of the Innovation Centre in October. For further information please go to the Satellite Applications website.
OneWeb, the global communications network powered from space, has announced it is opening a state-of-the-art Service Demonstration Experience at the new Innovation Centre at Westcott Venture Park. OneWeb’s unique facility will welcome visitors from 1 May 2021 to demonstrate the performance and potential applications of their satellite network in real-time.
To view the OneWeb UK demo click here