Sensor City

Sensor City


ERDF logo Sensor City is a joint venture between Liverpool John Moores University and The University of Liverpool, and is backed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

It is one of only four University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) in the country and is putting sensor technology on the map in the UK and around the world.

Located at the gateway to the Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool), Sensor City is an international asset that enables businesses to develop and explore sensor technologies.

The new, purpose-built hub offers start-ups and existing companies the technical expertise, business support and international platform needed to collaborate, fund and promote sensor solutions and IoT to a global market.

Positioned at the intersection of industry and academia, Sensor City facilitates connectivity and fosters progress, helping partners to capitalise on the growing sensor revolution, and develop concepts into prototypes with speed and accuracy.


Since opening its doors in July 2017, Sensor City has been providing budding entrepreneurs, start-ups, established companies and SMEs with specialist facilities, equipment and expert engineering input required for the development of technologies, that are transferable across a wide variety of sectors, including health care, logistics and manufacturing.

In November 2017, Sensor City was officially launched in a special ceremony led by Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

High tech facilities

Sensor City houses four laboratories and workshops which are some of the most sophisticated for sensor and IoT technology in the UK. Equipment on-site includes a £250,000 machine that produces curved printed circuit boards – the only one of its kind in the UK in public hands.

The Prototype Development Laboratory and Virtual Reality Suite also house a diverse range of state of the art electronic, electrical, mechanical, optical, virtual reality, and 3D printing equipment, which is available for prototype design, development and testing carried out by our in-house Laboratory team. Additionally, some of the equipment can be booked for independent use by Sensor City Tenants, Hot Deskers, Members and external individuals, and organisations.

Sensor City is also home to a range of high quality office and event spaces, spread across four floors. The top floor conference suite caters for up to 70 delegates and boasts an outdoor roof terrace, offering panoramic views across the world-famous Liverpool skyline.

Collaborative Community

In addition to the physical assets offered at Sensor City, the innovation hub has also developed a thriving, collaborative and specialist community. By providing access to peers, academics and other influencers, companies engaged with Sensor City can turn their innovative sensor concepts into commercially viable solutions at pace.

As a delivery partner of the LCR 4.0 programme, Sensor City’s dedicated LCR 4.0 team also provides support for SMEs who are committed to the development of sensors and Internet of Things (IoT). Technical assistance offered includes data automation, embedded electronic systems integration, 3D concept design and digital marketing.

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Sensor City has been allocated £5 million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. £5 million funding from the England European Regional Development Fund has been secured under the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 which is designed to drive sustainable economic growth, support key city region growth sectors, the creation of new jobs and to unlock business success.

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If you would like to find out more about Sensor City, please visit the Sensor City website or send us an email.


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