Discovery Park 2018 – A look ahead to what’s in store for Kent’s global science park 2 January, 2018

The government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper, published at the end of November 2017, set out a vision to build a Britain fit for the future, with the life sciences sector seen as essential to powering the economy in the post Brexit world.

Discovery Park in Sandwich, Kent has already embarked on a multi-million pound investment programme that heralds an exciting new chapter for this iconic science park, creating the perfect environment for innovation and scientific collaboration; an outward looking, globally focused showcase for UK plc. That investment will step up a gear in 2018, including:

Kent Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant

The opening this year of a new £160m CHP plant will make Discovery Park self sufficient for all its power and energy needs. The biomass facility will aid the site’s quest to be sustainable in all it does; setting the template for clean growth in the UK.

The next phase of investment work to boost R&D

The launch of new Pay-As-You-Go labs, offering a new and flexible solution for scientific research is just one element of a multi-million investment in science that significantly enhances what Discovery Park has to offer. Education is a key part of that with new auditorium space set to launch in 2018 for education events, talks and seminars – all helping to share the site’s expertise.

A ‘Pharma’s’ Market full of local produce

Discovery Park is in the process of revamping its catering offer on site, with the main science block Discovery Park House, the next focus for a £850K refit.  Steps are also being taken to boost the amount of locally produced food used in the park’s cafes and restaurants.

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