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Harwell Innovation Centre opened in 2000 with support from the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The site has a long history of scientific innovation and entrepreneurship stretching back to its foundation as an airbase during World War II, when it was the test site for several military innovations. Under the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the site became the centre of the civil nuclear program, with over 6,000 people working here in the late 1950s.


Harwell Innovation Centre, on the Harwell Oxford Campus near Didcot, opened in 2000 with support from the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The site has a long history of scientific innovation and entrepreneurship stretching back to its foundation as an airbase during World War II, when it was the test site for several military innovations. Under the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the site became the centre of the civil nuclear program, with over 6,000 people working there in the late 1950s.

Today, the campus has been rebranded as Harwell and is being developed by a joint venture between the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Prorsus Ltd and Development Securities Plc. Harwell is a world leading hub for science, technology and business, boasting a unique combination of businesses focusing on Space & Satellite Applications, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Big Data & Supercomputing, Energy & Environment and Advanced Engineering and Materials sectors. In this innovation ecosystem, established academics and entrepreneurial start-ups, big science and big business all work side by side, supported by world class scientific facilities.

Harwell Innovation Centre plays a key role in the innovation network in Oxfordshire - offering 25,000 sq ft of office space and accommodation ranging from 100 sq ft to 1,700 sq ft. The Centre has developed the business facilities and commercial infrastructure to support over 60 companies, from single entrepreneurs to established businesses. The environment at both Harwell Innovation Centre and Harwell Oxford provides a supportive community where networking and collaboration facilitate access to technology, support services and potential customers.

Serviced offices are available to let at short notice and our flexible approach means companies can take more space within the Innovation Centre as our key passion is the growth of your business. We have a range of meeting and conference rooms ideal for client appointments and presentations, accompanied by a welcoming reception team where guests are greeted and booked in by professional receptionists.

The Harwell Innovation Centre is 5 minutes drive time from the A34, with fast links to the M40 and M4 motorways for easy access to London, the Midlands, South and North. A 15 minute drive from Didcot Parkway rail station, makes Reading, Oxford and London all within close striking distance.

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