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Harwell Innovation Centre

Harwell Innovation Centre


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The Harwell Innovation Centre provides clean spacious offices, helpful staff and with every facility necessary on hand, there is no better place to launch a start-up”

Dr SSJ Roberts, Chairman - Silasjohn Ltd

Harwell Innovation Centre is situated on the Harwell Oxford campus near Didcot, providing serviced officesvirtual offices and a range of conference and meeting room facilities, all designed to allow you to focus on the growth and day to day running of your business. Companies love the supportive community within the centre, which is enhanced by a range of specialist business support through our Regional Director and other local partners. It really is the ideal place to base your business.

Harwell Innovation Centre, on the Harwell Oxford Campus near Didcot, opened in 2000 with support from the UK Atomic Energy Authority. The site has a long history of scientific innovation and entrepreneurship stretching back to its foundation as an airbase during World War II, when it was the test site for several military innovations. Under the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the site became the centre of the civil nuclear program, with over 6,000 people working there in the late 1950s.

Today, the campus has been rebranded as Harwell Oxford and is being developed by a joint venture between the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Prorus Ltd, and Development Securities Plc . Harwell Campus is a world leading hub for science, technology and business, boasting the Diamond Light Source, the largest UK-funded scientific facility to be built for over 40 years. In this innovation ecosystem, established academics and entrepreneurial start-ups, big science and big business all work side by side, supported by world class scientific facilities.

Harwell Innovation Centre plays a key role in the innovation network in Oxfordshire - offering 25,000 sq ft of office space and accommodation ranging from 100 sq ft to 1,700 sq ft. The Centre has developed the business facilities and commercial infrastructure to support over 60 companies, from single entrepreneurs to established businesses. The environment at both Harwell Innovation Centre and Harwell Oxford provides a supportive community where networking and collaboration facilitate access to technology, support services and potential customers.

Serviced offices are available to let at short notice and our flexible approach means companies can take more space within the Innovation Centre as our key passion is the growth of your business

Companies at Harwell Innovation Centre can benefit from the following:

  • On-site Staff services and facilities management so the day to day running issues are taken care of
  • Licence agreement with as little as one month’s notice period
  • Easy to predict, clear and transparent monthly charges
  • Ability to upscale and downsize quickly
  • Receptionists service to answer calls in your company name and greet visitors, helping to provide a professional image
  • On-site conference and meeting facilities available to hire on a daily and hourly rate
  • Access to superfast internet and telephony connections
  • 24/7 office access and on-site security for peace of mind
  • Free on-site parking


Licence fee charges for the office space include all of the following:

  • Service charges
  • Business rates
  • Heating, water and electricity
  • Site management
  • Reception services
  • Buildings insurance and maintenance

Virtual Office

Harwell Innovation Centre offers virtual office packages designed to provide you with a professional image for your business, without incurring the cost of renting office space. Ideal for start-up companies, those on the road or working from home. There really isn’t a better way to get your business off the ground

Meeting and Conference Facilities

Harwell Innovation Centre has a range of superb conference and meeting rooms available to hire by the hour or the day by internal or external companies. Whether space is needed for a conference, product launch, board meeting or interview; there is a room to meet the requirements.

The rooms are fully equipped with presentation equipment, free WiFi, ample parking, break-out space and catering facilities are available on request. The experienced, professional reception team support bookings from start to finish; from arranging the catering to welcoming guests. 

Business Support

As part of the supportive environment within Harwell Innovation Centre, networking amongst customers is encouraged. Regular business networking events, as well as a range of training and learning events on relevant business topics in conjunction with partners, are held at the centre.

Harwell Oxford Campus

Harwell Oxford is a vibrant and growing community of science and technology based innovation and enterprise including major national and international science projects and facilities. Over 4,500 people work on the campus in some 100 organisations.

On-site facilities include:

  • Nursery
  • Lloyds Bank
  • Sports and leisure groups
  • Local shops
  • Café

Oxford Innovation

Harwell Innovation Centre is managed by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading business and innovation centre operator. Part of the SQW Group, which employs 180 staff, Oxford Innovation provide flexible office, laboratory, workshop and studio space to over 900 start-up and growing companies throughout a UK-wide network of business and innovation centres. For a full listing of Oxford Innovation’s centres, please visit the website at www.oxin-centres.co.uk.

Oxford Innovation also runs a range of business support programmes across the UK and three highly successful investment networks that link investors with entrepreneurs.

How to Find Us

Harwell Innovation Centre is located 5 minutes’ drive from the A34, with fast links to the M40 and M4 motorways for easy access to London, the Midlands, South and North. As well as only a 15 minute drive from Didcot Parkway rail station, with frequent connections to Reading, Oxford, London, Bristol and the South coast.


Harwell Innovation Centre
Building 173, Curie Avenue
Harwell Oxford
OX11 0QG

Contact:   Sandie Alcock
Job title:   Centre Manager
Tel:   01235 838500
Email:   harwell@oxin.co.uk
Website:   www.harwell-ic.co.uk