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Rainham innovation centre to open next year

Thu 15 August 2019, 12:24 pm

The London Innovation Gateway is set to open in March 2020 and will be a digital technology and skills centre designed primarily for the construction, engineering and logistics sectors.

Set up with the aid of a £1.6 million grant from the Greater London Authority, the hub will operate over multiple sites, with core large scale technology facilities based in SEGRO’s East Plus site and additional augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) equipment in Havering College.

Havering Council has launched a search for an operator of the new facility with Havering College, SEGRO and the London Riverside BID. The Council anticipates several competitive proposals from organisations with the range of skills and experience needed.

As part of the search, a successful operator open day was held in Rainham in mid-June. Ten interested organisations attended the open day, travelling from around the country. The open day included presentations from the London Innovation Gateway team and potential suppliers were able to ask questions about the project as well as visiting one of the buildings, which will home London Innovation Gateway.

Bidders will have seven weeks to submit their proposals for how they will operate the hub to drive innovation and improve productivity for businesses in Rainham and London in a way that is financially self-sustaining.

The operator will be announced in October 2019 and the plan is for the new innovation Gateway to open in March 2020.

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