Louvain-la-Neuve, August 3, 2021 – Kadans Science Partner has expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Watson & Crick Hill. By doing so, Kadans adds its first location in Belgium to its European portfolio. Watson & Crick Hill is a Research & Technology Park that is part of the Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park. A great next step for Kadans to further expand the international ecosystem of science parks.
Watson & Crick Hill
The park consists of six buildings totaling over 28,000 m2 consisting of offices and laboratories. The 11-hectare site contains 958 parking spaces and has development potential for approximately another 25,000 m2. Currently the buildings are leased to 27 organizations active in life sciences.
Watson & Crick Hill is part of the Louvain-la-Neuve Science, the largest science park in Wallonia. More than 260 companies are already active in the park, focusing on life sciences, engineering, chemistry, IT and sustainability. There is close cooperation with the university, UCLouvain. Louvain-la-Neuve is located just 30 km from the capital Brussels.
Chiel van Dijen, Commercial Director Kadans Science Partner: “We are delighted to add Watson & Crick Hill to our portfolio. Besides being our first location in Belgium, it is also part of the strong innovative cluster of the Louvain-la-Neuve Science Park. We look forward to making new connections between organizations in Belgium and other countries in our European network.”
Kadans Science Partner focuses entirely on accommodating knowledge-intensive organizations and is already active on 17 campuses in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany. With the acquisition, Belgium is now added to that list. Kadans will also continue to roll out its well-known concept at Watson & Crick Hill. By offering the right mix of tenants and extra services and facilities, collaborations, knowledge, research and innovation are stimulated. This is in line with Kadans’ mission to create one strong ecosystem of science parks across Europe where collaboration is sought between industry, universities, science parks and government. The addition of Watson & Crick Hill is another great step towards an extensive European network.