First ‘Tech Box Park’ at Hartpury College and University in Gloucestershire unit taken by Novazera

A CGI of the new Tech Box Park Units at Hartpury. Unfeasibly clean our editor thinks, bearing in mind this is an agritech!
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The first of Hartpury College and University‘s ’s Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park Units has been reserved by Novazera.

Novazera, which creates  biodegradable plastic alternative products and anti-viral and bacterial coatings has secured the first of five pioneering new units that form part of Hartpury’s £2million Tech Box Park facility dedicated to enabling the growth and development of Gloucestershire’s agri-tech businesses.

Novazera offers highly innovative technologies aimed at using farming waste streams. Its Bio range of products are complemented with other technologies created with human safety in mind.

The company intend to use its residency as a technology-sharing opportunity between the company and the university to research, develop and test new products and technologies.

A spokesperson for Novazera said: “The university’s academic and agri-tech staff and students provide a perfect opportunity for partnership for both organisations, and we look forward to developing more learning opportunities as well as innovative products and solutions.”

David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire’s Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “The Digital Innovation Farm project has received funding of £1.25m from the ‘Getting Building Fund’ to create new innovation and demonstration workspace for high growth SMEs in Gloucestershire. To see the LEP’s investment act as an enabler for growth is extremely exciting and I look forward to watching Novazera develop and grow.”

A total of five High-Cube Tech Box units are being created using environmentally friendly, repurposed shipping containers clad in cedar wood at Hartpury’s Home Farm with funding from GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership Getting Building Fund, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.

The construction of a new Digital Innovation Farm Tech Box Park will see Hartpury further develop its 360-hectare campus and expand its range of agriculture facilities to meet the global demand for new technology in farming.