University of Nottingham plan to expand science park24 July 2008 The University of Nottingham wants to buy 50 acres of industrial land to create the city's largest science park. The land includes the gasometers in Ilkeston Road and part of the former Raleigh site, which borders Triumph Road in Lenton.
The university is thought to be paying more than £5m for the gasometers site, in a deal with energy giant National Grid.
Approaches have also been made to companies along Triumph Road.
The moves signals the university's intention to press ahead with a £200m expansion of its Jubilee Campus.
A spokesman said: "We have expressed an interest in the gas cylinder site. It is part of the masterplan that could see the development of over 60 acres."
The proposals now under consideration will see the university's Innovation Park ? being built to provide workspace and laboratories for hi-tech industries ? double in size compared to the original plans.
The university's determination to deliver the project is seen as vital to Nottingham's attempt to become a major centre for science-based industries and has been welcomed by the city council.
Deputy leader Coun Graham Chapman said: "I am genuinely delighted. This shows confidence in the city."
Source:This is Nottingham|