The next chapter of scientific research
Public Private Partnership


Harwell is an internationally renowned science campus, just outside Oxford. A commercial science and research cluster spanning 710 acres, the site is grounded in more than £2 billion of world-leading scientific infrastructure.

U+I is working alongside Harwell Oxford Partners and the government-backed Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) in a 50:50 public:private joint venture to drive the next phases of development at Harwell. This will cement the campus as one of the world’s foremost research and innovation centres.

The  multi-year programme, designed to advance scientific knowledge, culture and innovation in the UK, is expected to deliver long-term economic benefits.

Harwell Campus has been established for over 75 years, during which time it has become a principal destination for UK and international organisations and a significant contributor to UK industrial strategy. The campus enjoys a leading position in key global markets such as: life sciences, space, energy, supercomputing and big data. Infrastructure on site includes the Vulcan laser – one of the world’s most advanced lasers – and the Diamond Light Source (synchrotron), which accelerates electrons to near light speed in order to map, measure and test materials at a molecular and atomic level.

More than 6,000 people work in this vibrant, fast-growing community, home to over 225 organisations, including key UK research councils, start-ups and multinational organisations. New state-of-the-art buildings, homes and community areas will create a thriving space expected to deliver over £1 billion Gross Value Added every year, driving job creation and economic growth both locally and nationally.

As part of a long-term plan to enrich the site still further, U+I is developing a number of state-of-the-art facilities for commercial science agencies and research bodies, set within a new mixed-use community, including office space and up to 1,000 homes. The campus exemplifies the benefits that can be gained when the public and private sectors work in true partnership.


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