A closer look at the Cheltenham Cyber Park plans
The Golden Valley Development, home of Cyber Central UK is a project like no other in Britain. The 200-hectare site in Cheltenham will be home to the UK’s cyber industry, which will be a 2million sq ft of commercial floor space & a garden community with around 3000 homes. Cheltenham was chosen as the location for the cyber park as it is located next to GCHQ which is recognised as the cradle of cyber innovation for the UK for cyber security.
The cyber industry is valued at £8.3 billion in the UK and is one if the fastest growing sectors. UK Government is said to support the Cyber Central proposals and it is recognised as a priority project in the Local Industrial Strategy, Gloucestershire County Council’s strategic economic plan and Cheltenham Borough Council’s corporate plan.
The cyber park would see a campus built and create new jobs, while a broader plan aims to build thousands of homes and a primary school as well as improving the road network coming into Cheltenham on the A40 from the M5.
A new M5 junction 10 is also proposed to lead through the site, spanning Springbank and Fiddlers Green, to the cyber intelligence centre – but Gloucestershire County Council is waiting for Government approval.
Cyber Central UK facts:
- Value of cyber security to the UK in 2020: £8.3bn
- £1.9bn invested by the Government in the UK cyber industry to 2021
- £348m invested in cyber security in 2019 by the UK Government
- GFirst LEP investment in transport infrastructure for Cyber Central UK: £22m
- 2m sq ft. of commercial floor space proposed at Cyber Central UK
- 3,000 new homes proposed in The Golden Valley Garden Community
- 1,200 cyber security firms active in the UK
- 1,000 members in CyNam, the Cheltenham cyber cluster which represents more than 200 businesses
- 200 hectares of land for The Golden Valley Garden Community
- 200 per cent growth in the UK cyber industry in the last two years
- 78 per cent of businesses say that cyber security is a priority issue
- 32 per cent of businesses experienced a security breach or attack in 2019
- 24-hour campus including shops, cafes, hotels and leisure spaces
- 14 universities with a presence within 75 minutes of Cyber Central UK
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