In the current evolution of Science Parks, a more comprehensive type of park is being tested and implemented, typically located within a vibrant urban community. For some urban planners, the Third Generation Science Park is perceived as the quintessence of science-industry-government relations, increasingly functional and specialized along with its participation in local, regional and even global innovation activities. At the same time, this science park generation is becoming a contradiction in terms, as its management is striving to eradicate the fixed boundaries of the park for it to become a truly embedded catalyst for innovation in the urban spatial context. The park is transformed into a city area or, even, becomes embedded into the existing urban fabric.
In the video below Dr David Hardman, CEO of Birmingham Science Park Aston speaks on the future of Science Parks and the role they will have in driving the Knowledge Economy. Birmingham Science Park Aston was founded in 1982 and as such is the UK’s third oldest science park. Located in its urban location within central Birmingham, it offers 250,0000 sq ft of accommodation over 14 acres.