Plans are now well advanced for the construction of the first two buildings on the Harlow Science Park at the Harlow Enterprise Zone on London Road, both of which are scheduled to start in February 2018. As outlined elsewhere in this newsletter, essential site infrastructure is currently underway to deliver a new road access and to bring electricity, gas, water and telecoms supplies to service the Science Park. These are due to complete in January 2018, enabling the construction of these buildings to start the following month.
The building on the right of the image above is a 15,000 square foot building being developed for Anglia Ruskin University (ARU). This will be a Medical Technology Innovation Centre and it will create space for small and start up companies in the medical technology sector. The businesses will also have access to on site support and access to the University’s research and development capabilities in the Med Tech sector, one of ARU’s specialisms.
The building on the left of the architect’s image above, is being developed for Harlow Council who will manage the 30,000 square foot building. It will provide space for medium sized companies operating in the science and technology sectors and in units between 2,500 and 10,000 square feet. The ground floor of this buildings will also feature a publicly accessible café to provide a service to tenants of the Science Park, but also to act as a marketing suite for the wider development Lettings for the building are being managed by Bidwells, Derrick Wade Waters and Strettons.
The two buildings are to be delivered by Vinci and Wrenbridge, Harlow Council’s development partners, with both buildings designed by Scott Brownrigg Architects. The other members of the professional team delivering these buildings are Hilson Moran (mechanical engineering & utilities), MacFarlane Associates (landscape design), MLM (structural engineering) and Atorus (QS and project management).
A new sculpture has also been commissioned as part of the development to add to Harlow’s sculpture collection. An open procurement process is currently underway in conjunction with the Harlow Art Trust to select an artist to design a new sculpture and work alongside the architect and landscape designers to create something that is site specific and has a science or technology theme.
A number of other discussions are currently under way with other potential occupiers and it is hoped that in the New Year there will be further announcements in respect of this.