The development of the London Road South site, now know as Kao Park, has moved forward significantly in recent months. This site, formerly the home of Nortel Telecommunications, is to be developed by its new owners into a new business park and data centre campus. This will continue the site’s history as being at the forefront of new technology with the development of fibre optic cable there in the 1960s. The new development will contain 200,000 square feet of high quality office space in a newly landscaped setting along with four data centres.
To enable this development a series of infrastructure works have been taking place since the beginning of 2015. Firstly a number of buildings have been demolished to make way for the new development. This demolition was completed in July. The two remaining buildings will now be refurbished to create new office space, which is already 60% pre-let. The refurbishment works will commence in September 2015 with the first tenants expected to take up occupancy in the autumn of 2016.
A new access road is also being constructed south of the existing site entrance on London Road to provide a dedicated access for the new business park. This is on schedule to be completed by the end of August. Construction of the first of the data centres is then planned to commence early in 2016.
The next 12 months will be an exciting time in the development of Kao Park, and the wider Enterprise Zone, as construction moves forward at some pace. Announcements about the confirmation of new tenants in the park is expected in September.