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Next step for Dock 2

Published on Thursday, July 28, 2016

PLANS submitted for Dock 2 – the development that will provide grow-on workspace for hi-tech businesses at Leicester’s Pioneer Park – reveal a striking modular building, constructed from aluminium panels, that will complement the original Dock next door.

Subject to planning permission, work on the £4.6million scheme could get under way early next year– and Dock 2’s first tenants could be moving in 12 months later.

“Our ambition is to establish Pioneer Park as a hub for technology and knowledge-based industries, encouraging enterprise and creating jobs,” said City Mayor Peter Soulsby. 

“The success of Dock, which in just three years is already home to more than 40 hi-tech small businesses, gives us a good base on which to build.

“Dock 2 will be a key piece in the jigsaw, providing flexible grow-on space for technology businesses, right next door to the thriving community at Dock.”

The development of Dock 2 – which would provide 12 units of office and light commercial space, ranging in size from 50m2 to 150m2 – would be supported by more than £2.5million from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

The city council plans to build Dock 2 on a brownfield site between the original Dock – which has provided a base for technology businesses since 2013 – and the National Space Centre. 

Subject to planning permission and the purchase of the site from the Homes and Communities Agency, construction work could get under way in the New Year.

A planning decision on Dock 2 is expected in October.


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Pioneer Park is Leicester’s innovation and technology park – one of four key business investment areas in the city. 

In an attractive riverside location, north of the city centre, Pioneer Park is home to the landmark National Space Centre, the award-winning Dock – with its quality workspaces, conference facilities and a fast growing cluster of hi-tech businesses – and Leicester's museum of technology at the Abbey Pumping Station. 

As the largest employment site in the city, Pioneer Park also offers significant opportunities for further development.