Skylon Park

Research & Development


Skylon Park

Skylon Park is located on the edge of Hereford in Herefordshire, and is the Marches’ only Enterprise Zone. Herefordshire is a predominately rural county, centrally located in the Midlands, offering an outstanding quality of life. The highly sought-after Skylon Park offers a wide range of development ready plots to enable the growth of higher-value jobs. Building on local sectoral strengths, the Park has a specific focus on defence and security, advanced manufacturing, food and drink production, and sustainable technologies.

The Enterprise Zone has recently opened a new £7m specialist business incubator called the Shell Store, the £9m Midlands Centre for Cyber Security through a joint venture with the University of Wolverhampton, and the New Model Institute in Technology and Engineering recently constructed Skylon Campus on the site.

A development-ready parcel of land in the Cyber Quarter is located next to the Midlands Centre of Cyber Security (1.25 ha), reserved for larger scale cyber businesses, or developers building next scale facilities for businesses spinning out of the Cyber Quarter incubation space.

Key facts

  • Skylon Park is a 100-acre Enterprise Zone
  • Located on the edge of Hereford, Herefordshire
  • Herefordshire is a centrally located rural county, offering a great quality of life
  • The plot is located in the Cyber Quarter, next to the new £9m Midlands Centre for Cyber Security

Opportunity location

Why invest in Herefordshire?

Herefordshire is a dynamic, vibrant and growing county. It has Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Specific Scientific Interest, with wildlife and conservation sites covering 9% of the county. It is popular with tourists seeking to experience the outdoors and natural beauty, and offers considerable opportunity to businesses seeking to achieve that same work life balance.

The county’s entrepreneurial spirit and room to grow has proved fruitful to internationally renowned business, including Heineken, M&M Direct, Weston’s Cider and Tyrrells Crisps. Herefordshire is an entrepreneurial county, 15% of the population are self-employed; there are excitingly high levels of patent registrations; and well above average business survival rates.

In Herefordshire, public sector investment is acting as a catalyst in securing a high-wage, high-tech economy and business base centred around Skylon Park in Hereford, similar sites in the market towns, and the new NMiTE university project.

There is commercial potential to capitalise on the county’s links to the Midlands, the South West and Wales, alongside local specialisms in defence and security, manufacturing, food, drink and tourism. This is just the start. We aim to be aspirational and forward thinking, to look beyond what is currently planned, identify new opportunities and build a better future.

Insight for investors

Type of investment sought: Developer-occupier
Value and cost info: £30m
Site size: 1.25 Ha
Jobs: 250+
Timescale: 2021 onwards
Delivery timescale: Immediate
Planning status: Outline permission granted

Skylon Park
Primary promoter

Hereford Enterprise Zone