Last week the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, visited the Harlow Enterprise Zone to view the progress of works at the London Road South site. This is now to be named Kao Park by the site’s developers, Goldacre Ventures, in honour of the scientist, Sir Charles Kao, who developed fibre optic cable on this site in 1966.
The site is now being developed into a new business park with 20,000 square metres of high quality office accommodation as well taking forward it’s high technology heritage with a new data centre campus. Demolition and infrastructure works are now well underway and the refurbished office space will be available in 2016 with the data centres coming on stream from 2017.
The Secretary of State said “It’s great to see how the Harlow Enterprise Zone is taking off. As the birthplace of fibre optics the London Road site is part of the UK’s rich history of innovation. We’re determined to resurrect that spirit and have invested £2.5m to kick start redevelopment, which has helped leverage £50 million in private sector investment.” The Government’s investment has been matched by Harlow Council and this has enabled the developers to raise significant private money to complete the work.
The visit was featured on the BBC Look East programme and this can be accessed via the Goldacre Ventures website by following this link – http://goldacreventures.com/home/kao-park-bbc-news/