BRISTOL—Three British universities have agreed to form a science research center, with an R&D staff of 150, that will be the centerpiece for the largest science park in the country. The 500-acre project at Emerson’s Green, Kingswood, will be linked closely to the nearby universities of Bristol and Bath and Bristol Polytechnic.

The project, to be built at a cost of $375 million over 10 years, was initiated by the Emerson’s Green Development Company. “We will provide the opportunity for young and entrepreneurial academics to find support from commerce, venture capital and industry,” said Christopher Turner, chief executive of the company. The center is expected to reflect the universities’ expertise in electronics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and veterinary research.

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