The appetite for commercial space at Harwell Campus, near Oxford continues to grow as Harwell Campus announces the largest speculative commercial development in Oxfordshire’s history.
The scheme totals 190,000 sq ft and is incremental to the existing Runway buildings of 90,000 sq ft which are being refurbished. The total value of these developments is more than £80m.
The new buildings follow the construction of the Genesis building, which completed in June 2016, and will provide similar light industrial/R&D space but with greatly enhanced elevations and architectural quality. This offers companies an attractive HQ location where all functions, from production to marketing, can be cost effectively co-located on a campus with ample room to expand.
The Zephyr building is a multi-let building of 60,000 sq ft, and is accompanied by two sister buildings of 40,000 sq ft each, designed for single/dual occupation. These buildings complement the 50,000 sq ft Quad One office scheme that’s currently under construction.
Tenant demand is such that Harwell Campus expects to have substantially pre-let these schemes prior to planned completion and is already making preparations for another 100,000 sq ft building, to be delivered by the end of 2018.
William Cooper, Partner at Harwell Campus Management, said: ‘We are very happy to share the success and expansion of organisations already on campus and equally, we are thrilled that external organisations are also seeing the many benefits that Harwell that can offer them. The campus is witnessing the most significant growth seen in this sector anywhere in the UK at the present time, creating a European innovation district comparable to MIT in the US.’
Tom Edgerley, Development Director at U+I Group PLC, said: “U+I is proud to be part of the Harwell team and investing in the growth of the UK’s science and technology economy. Bringing like-minded organisations together at Harwell has already proven beneficial to the many businesses on site and the new space will provide an exciting opportunity to nurture more innovation on campus.”
Harwell Campus is a public private partnership between Harwell Oxford Partners and U+I Group PLC and two Government backed agencies, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the UK Atomic Energy Agency (UKAEA).
Housing over £2 billion of scientific equipment the campus is home to over 200 different organisations that are working to solve some of the biggest problems faced by mankind including an ageing population, healthcare, disease control, space discovery and applications, climate change, cleaner, greener energy and new advanced materials.
Harwell Campus has been innovating in science and technology for over 75 years, with many world firsts to its credit. These include generating nuclear energy for the first time in Europe in 1947 and developing CADET, the world’s first transistorised computer in 1953. Earlier this year the Government pledged £102m to the Rosalind Franklin Institute that will have a central hub located at Harwell, linking it to multiple universities. The campus is also set to benefit from the government’s latest UK Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund investment of £1bn over four years that will direct funding into six cutting edge technologies including satellites and space technology, healthcare, medicine, robotics, batteries and materials of the future.
Harwell is one of the world’s most important science and innovation locations. It has a growing reputation as the UK’s gateway to space with over 65 space and satellite applications related organisations located on campus and is now seeing rapid growth in the Life Sciences and Health-Tech sector with over 1,000 people working in this field alone at Harwell. In addition to space and life sciences, the campus hosts an array of other key sectors including, Big Data and Supercomputing, Energy and Environment and Advanced Engineering and Materials. With a legacy of many world firsts, the campus comprises 710 acres, over 200 organisations and 5,500 people.
The Cluster of about 70 Space organisations at Harwell is testament to the power of co-locating industry, academia and the public sector alongside investors and entrepreneurs. The European Space Agency, RAL Space, The UK Space Agency, Airbus, Thales Alenia Space, Lockheed Martin, and Deimos Space UK can all be found on the Campus. This creates many opportunities for collaboration, increasing capability and sharing risk. Being within a Cluster brings access to high-quality common infrastructure, facilities and expertise, alongside exposure to new markets
The first Bessemer Society dinner in Oxford took place this July at Rhodes House. The Bessemer Society is a forum and mutual society formed of ‘serial’ CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs who are committed to creating successful new companies based on technological innovation in the fields of science and engineering.
Named after Sir Henry Bessemer, the Society aims to promote his blend of technical, creative and entrepreneurial skills that are the catalyst for founding any progressive and lasting enterprise. The founding members share a profound belief in the value of manufacturing and manufacturing technologies to produce wealth and lasting good for society.
The dinner was organised by Alex Stewart, founder of the Bessemer Society and great-great grandson of Sir Henry Bessemer.
The objective of the evening, which is supported by Oxford University Innovation, Oxford Sciences Innovation and the Harwell Campus, is to draw together Oxford science and technology manufacturing companies in a collegiate atmosphere where they can recognize their strengths and discuss their needs. Attended by more than 40 delegates the evening featured inspirational presentations from Dr Gordon Sanghera, CEO and co-founder of Oxford Nanopore Ltd, Prof Peter Dobson, doyen of the Oxford University spinout scene, and Martin Fiennes, a principal of Oxford Sciences Innovation, the patient capital fund management company.
The event was sponsored by key Oxfordshire firms, Royds Withy King, Wellers, Grant Thornton, and JA Kemp.
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The Oxford Science Park is the first science, technology and business park to use the ground-breaking geomatics and simulation technology, that is used by Formula 1® teams and automotive equipment manufacturers, to visualise the Park and its new Schrodinger Building, in 3D Apps. The Park, which is home to more than 2,500 people across 70 companies, used the technology to create an interactive 3D Park plan.
The Park instructed Severn Partnership , a Shropshire-based geomatics land surveying company, which drove around the site using the Leica Geosystems Pegasus Two vehicle mounted ‘reality capture’ kit, plotting one million 3D points a second, linked to GPS coordinates in real time and aided by a missile guidance inertial navigation system.
Conventionally, the 3D data would remain within technical, architectural or CAD software and be archived once used for planning and design. However, looking to push the technology further, the 3D Park plan was then converted into an interactive 3D visualisation by Seeable , a technical visualisation studio also based in Shropshire. The Schrödinger Building was then 3D visualised using the same state of the art game engine technology.
Dr Nigel Moore, director, Seeable Ltd explained: “As a hub for technical innovation and scientific research, it was a natural choice for The Oxford Science Park to use cutting edge survey and visualisation techniques to update the current Park plan.
“What would usually take a survey team weeks to complete with conventional equipment was completed within two days on-site using the latest high accuracy mobile mapping techniques from geomatics experts. Having mapped the Science Park in record time, the scan data was used as the accurate base readings to create a 3D Park plan. This base model then provided the platform to accurately visualise new proposed buildings in 3D, giving a virtual reality style experience.”
The 3D technology allows users to have a bird’s eye view of the Park, with contextual information added to each building. 360 degree panoramic images were also embedded into the visualisation App to merge the virtual with the actual ‘street view’ type perspective of key locations. Users are also able to ‘walk through’ The Schrodinger Building, experiencing the finished building before it is completed.
Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, managing director, The Oxford Science Park said: “We wanted to be able to showcase the Park and The Schrödinger Building both in our Marketing Suite here at The Oxford Science Park and also when out of the office using a tablet. This flexibility has already proved invaluable.
“We have a strong ethos of discovery and innovation across the Park, and it was a natural decision to invest in cutting edge technology to help market the Park and its new development phase. Businesses are increasingly familiar with virtual reality and we felt it important to embrace this technology to give our varied stakeholders a visual medium that makes orientation around the Park easy, and to accurately represent our new Schrödinger Building before it is built.
“Our development plans are ambitious, and it is only right that we have used state of the art technology to bring our plans to life, and portray a high level vision for the Park. The visualisations produced by the Severn Partnership and Seeable are simply brilliant.”
With the Internet of things (IoT) a hot topic for technology advancements, the 3D Park plan is the first of a new breed of visualisation Apps which can be expanded to visualise data just like smart city projects.
Dr Nigel Moore concluded: “In the future, buildings and sites will create IoT data for everything from energy use to bus timetables, parking spaces or electric vehicle charging locations. A crystal ball prediction or science fiction becoming science fact? Either way, The Oxford Science Park is riding the wave of technological advance and future proofing itself en-route.”
The Oxford Science Park is owned and managed by Magdalen College, Oxford. Created in 1991, the Park upholds the College’s heritage and provides one of the most influential science & technology environments in the UK. Oveer 450,000 sq. ft. of net lettable space and the Park is now home to more than 2,500 people and over 70 businesses, ranging from start-ups based in the Magdalen Centre innovation hub to major international companies including Amey, Becton Dickinson, Circassia, IBM, OrganOx, OxSonics, Oxford Nanopore, Sharp Laboratories, TripAdvisor, and Oxford Technology Management.
Following the successful acquisition of M&G Real Estate’s 50% share in December 2015, Magdalen College now has 100% ownership and control of The Oxford Science Park. In addition to being a key property investment, the Park is at the heart of the College’s strategy to support discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Magdalen College will continue to develop The Oxford Science Park as a long-term strategic asset, with ambitious plans to create an additional 250,000+ sq ft of office and laboratory space on the remaining 10+ acres of land over the next 10 years. This additional capacity will support the growth of businesses already based on the Park, providing flexibility with their space requirements, and enabling new companies to enjoy the Park’s beautiful character and atmosphere.
The Oxford Science Park is located approximately four miles south-east of Oxford city centre, just off the City’s southern ring road. It has easy access to the M40 and A34, as well as to Heathrow Airport and mainline train services.
For further information, please visit: www.oxfordsp.com