A robotics company developing the world’s first gaming robot will become the first occupier at an innovation facility in a new £16m University Enterprise Zone.
Reach Robotics moves into office and testing space at Future Space, the innovation facility within the University Enterprise Zone at University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) on 15 August.
Currently undergoing high-grade refurbishment after internal remodelling, the former Hewlett Packard facility will provide job-creating incubation space for start-ups and early-stage firms, helping them get off the ground.
Spread out over 2,424sq m on one floor, Future Space will house 70 offices alongside co-working space and an atrium hub and cafe, bringing together business and academic expertise.
Aimed at occupiers with limited research and development budgets, there is also shared laboratory space, with advanced technical equipment and business support.
Co-founded by chief executive Silas Adekunle, Reach Robotics has signed up to 111sq m, with plans for a further 93sq m next year, at the centre.
Silas commented: “It was important for us here at Reach Robotics to remain loyal to Bristol, given the support we’ve already had from Bristol Robotics Lab and UWE Bristol.
“Our new address at Future Space means we can focus on work while the centre team at Oxford Innovation look after incoming calls, mail, cleaning, utilities and meeting room bookings, as well as supporting our growth with business support and strategic networks.”
Bill Marshall, UWE Bristol’s Pro Vice-Chancellor and Commercial Director, said: “Bristol is accelerating its international standing for its technology and creative industries, including gaming, virtual reality, robotics, hardware and telecommunications; the innovation centre will be a big part of that.”