Science park is 90% occupied

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Despite delays in realising some of the One Plan’s commitments, a senior OFMDFM official has confirmed that the North West Regional Science Park (NWRSP) is now 90 per cent occupied less than a year after it official opened.

In addition to this OFMDFM director Henry Johnston says there remains considerable interest in Fort George’s sister site across the river at Ebrington.

He told the OFMDFM Committee: “Currently, there are 62 formal expressions of interest to establish potential businesses on the [Ebrington] site.

“Ilex has been asked to prioritise the redevelopment of Ebrington and will now focus on facilitating opportunities for new or expanded businesses to develop at Ebrington in line with the outcome of the Ebrington development framework.”

In reference to Fort George, he said: “The North West Regional Science Park is a satellite of the highly successful Northern Ireland Science Park in the Titanic Quarter.

“Construction began in July 2013 and the project was completed in August 2014.

“The facility is now 90 per cent occupied, which exceeded expectations.”

Mr Johnston also said there should be further progress on the Ebrington development framework by the end of the summer.

The Ebrington development framework has also been completed. It is envisaged that it will ultimately lead to approximately an additional 1,800 jobs in the city and an additional gross value add of £42 million,” he stated.