More than 200 entrepreneurs have joined the Bradfield Centre at Cambridge Science Park in pursuit of a particularly Cambridge endeavour. The state-of-the-art technology centre provides a dynamic environment in which science and tech entrepreneurs can translate research into commercial applications and develop their businesses.
The £20 million Bradfield Centre is a collaboration between Trinity College, the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and Central Working. The Centre is named after Sir John Bradfield, Trinity’s former Senior Bursar, who set up the Science Park in 1970 – the first in Europe – and pioneered the Felixstowe Docks.
Today’s Senior Bursar, Rory Landman, said:
Sir John was a visionary. Trinity is and has been home to many great scientists, and John saw the opportunity to exploit that knowledge to its full potential and benefit for business and wider society. His pivotal role is recognised in this exciting initiative to incubate science and tech entrepreneurs with a range of backgrounds and to help their businesses flourish.
A striking building overlooking newly landscaped gardens and lakes, the Bradfield Centre is managed by Central Working, the innovative workspace provider, which established the Google Campus and runs numerous workspaces in London. James Parton, Managing Director of the Bradfield Centre, said:
Cambridge has a rich history of producing ground-breaking innovation, and it’s also a uniquely collaborative environment that supports and nurtures its own. The Bradfield Centre is a state-of-the-art asset for this city, designed from the ground up to nurture and grow the UK’s next generation of technology giants. Deep tech innovation such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality will power the next phase of the digital revolution, and there’s no other incubator site in the country tailored so specifically to support this sector.
The 40,000-square foot Centre offers airy workspaces with communal areas and facilities including meeting rooms, 100-seat auditorium, a café and licensed bar, showers, kitchens with complimentary tea and coffee, and of course unlimited wifi.
The Centre is open 24 hours, seven days a week – and it’s open to all. That includes your dog if you’re a member. Membership starts at £99 a month for hot-desks; then there are desks in open spaces, plus private offices. In total, 600 workspaces are available and already the Centre is a hive of activity.
Rory Landman said:
The Bradfield Centre is part of a major round of new investment in the Park, not just in buildings but in facilities, with a range of new amenities planned. The Park must provide the best facilities, not only for those working on the Park, but it should be welcoming to visitors and the wider community.