Research & Development

Loughborough University Science & Enterprise Park (LUSEP)

The project is a 34-ha (84-acre) extension to Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, one of Europe’s largest combined university and science parks, offering research and development space, with Enterprise Zone status. LUSEP houses over 90 knowledge-based organisations across several sectors including start-ups, tech unicorns and global brands, directly accessible from the M1 (J23). LUSEP comprises over 63,000 m² (675,000 ft²) of existing accommodation including offices, laboratories, high bay units, informal and formal meeting areas and café facilities. Design and build opportunities are available immediately from 1,350 m² up to 18,580 m², along with long-term, leasehold development opportunities for up to 185,806 m².

Key facts

  • A thriving innovation community of 90+ companies from start-ups to global organisations
  • 2500+ workforce with outstanding opportunities for collaboration to a skilled graduate pool.
  • World-class R&D base
  • One mile from J23, M1. 30 minutes from Nottingham, Leicester and Derby

Opportunity location

Why invest in Leicestershire?

Welcome to Leicester & Leicestershire – the largest economy in the East Midlands.

We benefit from outstanding assets including a vibrant, university city with a strong industrial and cultural heritage; two unique and inspiring Enterprise Zones; a UK Freeport at East Midlands Airport; three world class universities delivering cutting edge innovation, research, and design; a central location with strategic rail and motorway links, one of Europe’s largest distribution parks and the UK’s largest pure cargo airport; and two Manufacturing Zones. We’re home to Caterpillar, Next, Santander, Walkers Snack Foods (PepsiCo), IBM Client Innovation Centre UK and Amazon.

Key strategic developments include Leicester Waterside and Station Regeneration, Space Park Leicester, offering high-tech facilities and capabilities building on the University of Leicester’s space excellence; Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, a dynamic innovation community with serviced development land opportunities; and Lutterworth East a trailblazing, sustainable housing and employment development.

Leicester is considered one of the best cities to do business in. Unrivalled transport links, a skilled and talented workforce of over 2.8 million within a 1-hour drive-time and one of Britain’s most attractive and cost-effective places to develop, own or lease property – presenting huge investment opportunities.

Insight for investors

  • Type of Investment Sought: Forward funding for identified occupier(s)
  • Target Investor(s): Occupiers to fit Loughborough University’s gateway policy, aligning to theUniversity’s priorities
  • Site Size: 34ha
  • Timescale: 2020-2027
  • Delivery Timescale: Immediate
  • Planning Status: Outline permission
Primary promoter

Loughborough University