Almost two thirds of office space vacant in University of Northampton’s £8.5 million Innovation Centre

Innovation Centre, Green Street, Northampton NN1 1SY Official opening of new innovation centre by Nick Petford NNL-150508-182810009
Innovation Centre, Green Street, Northampton NN1 1SY Official opening of new innovation centre by Nick Petford NNL-150508-182810009
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Only 15 of the 42 units in an £8.5 million Innovation Centre are occupied eight months after it opened, a University of Northampton spokesman has said.

The new office space, situated opposite Northampton Railway Station, provides accommodation and support services for small businesses and organisations, specifically with a social benefit.

Innovation Centre, Green Street, Northampton NN1 1SY Official opening of new innovation centre by Nick Petford NNL-150508-182758009

Innovation Centre, Green Street, Northampton NN1 1SY Official opening of new innovation centre by Nick Petford NNL-150508-182758009

The building was funded by the University of Northampton and includes a cafe and a conference space.

When it opened in August last year, the building had 11 tenants. This has now increased to 15.

A spokesman for the University of Northampton said a number of new tenants could move in later this year.

The spokesman said: “To qualify for tenancy at the Innovation Centre, an organisation must deliver social benefits, address unmet social needs or tackle difficult social problems in an enterprising way.

Innovation Centre, Green Street, Northampton NN1 1SY Official opening of new innovation centre by Nick Petford NNL-150508-182745009

Innovation Centre, Green Street, Northampton NN1 1SY Official opening of new innovation centre by Nick Petford NNL-150508-182745009

“There are currently 15 organisations operating their businesses from the Innovation Centre and we are in discussions with a number of potential new tenants that we anticipate will join us during 2016.”

Any business or organisation that would like to take up a unit in the Innovation Centre or would like more inofrmation is advised to go to www.northamptoninnovationcentre.co.uk