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The Grafton Centre is changing


jobs from entry level to PhD

Incubator space to support the growth of small and start-up  companies

Long term improvements to retail at the Grafton Centre


biodiversity net gain

18,500 tonnes

carbon savings by repurposing the existing centre, compared to new buildings

50% reduction

in water consumption

1160 cycle parking spaces and new safe routes through and around the centre

New public spaces, creating a nicer place to visit, shop, work, and spend time

Retaining the cinema, at the heart of a new leisure quarter with a hotel and restaurants

£111.2 million

extra economic impact from the Grafton Centre


new street trees

Retaining the local gym at the centre

An exciting future for the Grafton Centre

The Grafton Centre has been declining over recent years because of changes to the way people shop. 

Pioneer Group hope to save retail at the Grafton by creating a better shopping environment centered around a new public square, while converting much of the Grafton Centre into laboratory and event space – bringing more than two thousand science jobs, from PhD to apprentice-level.

Pioneer Group's mission is to help life sciences and high-tech businesses to thrive. We lead the way in integrating research and lab space with investment and mentoring programmes, and creating research ecosystems that help new companies grow.

Retail and leisure will be saved for the long term

An improved shopping environment will be created at the west end of the centre, by Burleigh and Fitzroy Streets. A public square with trees, seating, and an improved public space that will make it a more attractive place to visit, with shops offering value and convenience for local people. 

The workers in the science centre will also contribute to keeping cafes and shops on Fitzroy and Burleigh Street secure and sustainable, as people come to the labs to work every weekday, increasing local footfall.

The cinema on East Road will also remain, along with the gym. Another new public square and improved streets on East Road surrounded by new restaurants and a hotel.

The Grafton Centre is changing, and has an exciting future ahead

More than 2000 jobs in science, from apprentice and entry level to PhD

Improved shopping environment, keeping retail at the Grafton for the long term

A new leisure quarter with a hotel, cinema, gym, and restaurants

Greener streets and a sustainable development

Improved cycle routes and cycle parking

Community science classroom

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