National Horizons Centre


The NHC is a £22m research, teaching and training facility which addresses the growth needs of the bio-based industries set to transform the UK economy, including biologics, industrial biotechnology and bio-pharmaceuticals.

The centre’s imaginative design includes an exciting blend of teaching, learning and collaboration spaces, together with hi-tech laboratories and a state-of-the-art computing suite. Open innovation spaces will provide businesses with the tools for project development using data analytics, modelling and simulation, visualisation and process improvement and control.

Next to CPI’s National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and the University’s Centre for Professional and Executive Development (CPED), the NHC is at the heart of an ecosystem of life science excellence.

Students, graduates, businesses and researchers alike will have access to an extended range of laboratories and world-class industry-standard equipment.


'Darlington Central Park is one of our flagship developments, where business, residential and learning sit side-by-side. We are particularly excited to see the National Horizons Centre complement the National Biologics Centre and our own Business Central, which both opened in 2014, to create a place where science and innovation can flourish. STEM skills are top of the agenda and this first-class facility will give our young people fantastic training opportunities in the future.'

Councillor Bill Dixon, Leader, Darlington Borough Council


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National Horizons Centre
38 John Dixon Lane