Students Staff

09 June 2010

Work to start on Knowledge Gateway

Colchester Campus

Knowledge Gateway

Work is due to get underway this month on developing the 40-acre Knowledge Gateway at the University of Essex.

Jackson Civil Engineering of Ipswich are announced today as the contractors who will design and build the roads and services to create the new research and business complex adjoining the Colchester Campus.

With the University’s flagship Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution at its heart, the Knowledge Gateway will build on the University’s links with business, public and third-sector organisations. It will provide research and development and office space for start-up businesses through to major blue-chip companies, as well as associated hotel, leisure and retail facilities, eventually creating up to 2,000 jobs.

The £7 million infrastructure development will get underway over the summer, with the new roads, utilities and landscaping due to be completed in spring 2011. In addition to research and business space, the site will eventually accommodate up to 1,300 student bedrooms and a private residential development.

Developed as a joint venture between Carisbrooke Alliance and the University, the Knowledge Gateway will provide 400,000 sq ft of research, business and support services space including a 32,000 sq ft office village. Letting agents for the development are Whybrow and Carter Jonas.

Dr Tony Rich, Registrar of the University, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Essex to build on its ranking as one of the UK’s top ten research universities, by working closely with like minded enterprises to boost the economic development of Colchester and the region. It will also help to provide employment opportunities for our graduates.”

The project will include a new junction with traffic signals on the A133 Clingoe Hill, providing a safe crossing point for students. Andrew Hayward, Knowledge Gateway Project Officer, said: “The University’s Estate Management Section will be working closely with Jacksons to develop a timetable for the roadworks affecting the A133 to ensure we minimise disruption to motorists and keep all road users updated about the programme of work.”

Richard Neall, Jackson Civil Engineering Chief Executive commented: “We really are excited about the opportunity to join the team on this important scheme. The development will have a very positive impact on the region and as a locally based business we are therefore thrilled to be able to play a part.”


For further information, please contact Jenny Grinter in the Communications Office at the University on 01206 82400, e-mail

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