SQW is a world leader in work on science parks and innovation centres. Where appropriate, our expertise is complemented by the practical know-how of our sister company, Oxford Innovation, which is the UK’s leading operator of innovation centres that provides innovation advice to businesses.
SQW has advised on around 80 schemes in over 30 countries worldwide, including market and feasibility studies, detailed planning, support for start up, review of operations and evaluations of impact. We seek to ensure schemes are designed, developed and operated to suit the specific needs of a locality, and to address the primary objectives of the sponsors. This is often complicated because science parks and innovation centres frequently have multiple sponsors, each with their own expectations and constraints. We identify and address these explicitly, so that the main purposes and focus of each scheme are clear
Science and Technology Park Projects
We were commissioned to undertake the feasibility and planning studies for Hong Kong Science Park. The first stage involved: a major survey of firms in Hong Kong and overseas to establish market interest; reviews of economic change in Hong Kong and the surrounding region, and of investment trends in R&D and other technology based activities; and an assessment of the effectiveness of the current technology infrastructure in Hong Kong, and the additional benefits a science park could provide.
ANU's proposed campus development policy plan included the idea of utilising an undeveloped but environmentally sensitive part of the area as a research park. We were asked to work with senior university staff to develop a concept plan which identified clearly the objectives and prospective market orientation of the scheme, the scale and nature of development, allowable activities, outline organisation and management arrangements, and the broad resource implications to ANU. In doing so we worked closely with the local and state authorities and locally-based high technology firms to ensure the proposals respected the sensitive location across the lake from the…
The BioInnovation Corridor is an initiative, in the Brunei-Muara District, led by the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) of The Government of Brunei Darussalam. The Halal Industry Innovation Centre (HIIC), has been established to promote the development of Halal Certified Industries in Brunei Darussalam.
The French regional development agency, DATAR, was keen to continue to build on the reputation and success of the Sophia Antipolis Science Park near Nice. After reviewing a number of options, it decided to proceed with the planning of a major new science park in the nearby department of VAR. Under the SPRINT Programme SQW was invited to participate in the feasibility study on this major (8000 hectare) development.
We were asked by the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Coburg in the North East of Bavaria to help them with the strategic planning for a technology park in Coburg. The City has traditionally been difficult to access due to its location near the former border to the GDR and far from major centres of economic activity. Due to the reunification of Germany, its geopolitical location has changed radically and it is now in easy access to industrial concentrations in Thurimgia, one of the five new German Lander.