With Keele University one of our most significant and longstanding partners, this section outlines some of our major continuing joint projects.
The New Keele Deal is a plan for £70m of investment by Keele University, Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership to exploit the potential of Keele University’s world-leading research and facilities.
This investment will help to tackle low productivity and grow a positive culture of innovation and research within the region, delivering a significant number of higher value jobs for the next 20 years, improve local health and healthcare, and inject innovation into the heart of the local business community to allow them to be more globally competitive.
The Keele University Growth Corridor proposes a major development of the former Keele Golf Course to deliver an ambitious master plan of around 1,000 homes. It should also generate around 3,000 jobs, new postgraduate accommodation, a new primary school, and a renewable energy generation scheme.
The council is supporting the growth of the highly successful Keele University Science and Innovation Park, and is working with the university on its broader expansion plans. The development of the Science Park has been central to the University’s policy of building strong links with regional businesses; this has already resulted in research and consultancy contracts, flexible training schemes, and the provision of conference and banqueting facilities and business information services.
There are currently five Innovation Centres on the site, with plans for more in the pipeline. Together, the buildings offer more than 130,000 sq.ft. of modern commercial mixed-use space, including a range of high-specification offices, laboratories and workshops for use by start-ups, spin-outs and established buildings.