Derry’s new science park already has 23 tenants, it’s been revealed.
The news comes on the day that the Northern Ireland Science Park officially opens its Derry headquarters at a new purpose-built Innovation Centre on the city’s riverfront.
The North West Regional Science Park (NWRCP) provides 50,000 sq. ft. of ‘flexible’ workspace on the site of the former Fort George British Army barracks.
It has its own data centre and will house, among others, specialists in software, telecoms, digital media, health & bioscience, clean tech and television production.
The high-tech, super-connected premises provide flexibility for start-ups and companies of any size, ranging from a single “hot desk” to large-scale workspace, as well as meeting spaces, a café, on-site parking and secure cloud data storage.
Dick Milliken, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Science Park, says the new science park is “about much more than just bricks and mortar and office space: it’s about the people, the exchange of ideas, the sharing of experience and advice and the connections.”
He added: “We have absolutely no doubt that the North West Science Park will soon be the home to some of this island’s newest and brightest.”
The Innovation Centre at Fort George is seen as an important lynchpin in a wider cross-border project in partnership with the North West Region Cross Border Group (NWRCBG) and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says the new science park will be a “very significant site not just for the city and the north-west but for the north of Ireland.”
He added: “This Science Park will cultivate and accelerate the commercialisation of science and technology businesses in the North West providing development opportunities for current and future entrepreneurs, an essential investment to build a strong economy.
“This site offers the ideal environment for our local entrepreneurial talent to realise their business aspirations.”
The anchor tenant is Derry-born 8over8, now a leader in contract risk management software for the global oil and gas industry. The company has taken the top floor of the building which will be home to more than two thirds of its global team.