About OCP, Our Partners & Tenants
One Central Park is an £18m joint venture between Manchester’s three universities - The University of Manchester with it's incubator company UMIC, Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Salford along with The Manchester College and Manchester Science Parks and was the first centre in the UK to offer further and higher education programmes under one roof together with opportunities for nurturing enterprise and growing businesses.
Fusing education, commerce, innovation and enterprise, this unique collaborative venture provides a comprehensive range of activities from vocational training, foundation degrees and postgraduate research to business creation and incubation. It’s a place where industry and academia meet to develop tomorrow’s products and services whilst also acting as a training hub for the skills sought by 21st century business.
This unique centre is making a significant contribution to the ongoing regeneration of North and East Manchester by stimulating the growth of innovative new businesses and providing the foundations for strong economic growth and future development.
At launch, Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said OCP "demonstrates that Manchester is at the forefront of the post-industrial revolution. OCP is a real and significant boost for our plans to make Manchester a Knowledge Capital. It is a development that will, in turn, accelerate the regeneration of east Manchester by priming its economic revival. This will make a real difference to the people of east Manchester and their chances of a bright new future."
Robert Hough, Chairman of New East Manchester Ltd said: "Central Park is the cornerstone for east Manchester"s economic future. OCP is designed to capture entrepreneurial talent and help it flourish whilst creating a gateway for local residents into ICT and further and higher education. East Manchester is historically an incredibly entrepreneurial part of the city, where the industrial revolution began, so it is fitting that this innovative new centre is located here, creating a new enterprise revolution."
Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of the NWDA, said: "Stimulating the growth of the region"s businesses and encouraging new business start ups is absolutely vital to continued economic development of the Northwest. In order to do this, providing innovative, high quality facilities that are closely linked to the region"s leading higher education institutions is crucial, helping to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship and enabling businesses to benefit from the knowledge, research and expertise available through the learning and education sector. One Central Park"s world class facilities will help to strengthen the region"s knowledge base, creating enormous opportunities for businesses and generating significant new learning opportunities for the local community."