The first tenants have begun to move into the first completed building at Kao Park on the Harlow Enterprise Zone. Kao One was finished in July after a nine month refurbishment programme, providing what is probably the best quality office accommodation in the local area. Landscaping works have also been completed, enabling the building to be handed over to its occupiers. US defence contractor Raytheon have taken two floors in the building to create their UK Technical Centre of Excellence to provide a focal point for their research and development activity. They commenced their move at the beginning of August 2016 and will complete by the end of September. The move will also help expand the company’s presence in Harlow from 380 people to 500 and where they hope to start a local apprenticeship programme.
The other two floors in the building have been taken by Arrow Electronics and they will move in during October. Arrow Electronics, which currently occupies an existing building on the London Road South site that is being redeveloped to create Kao Park, will be moving its operations to newer and larger premises. Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions.
Reflecting the site’s heritage as a hub for innovation, the new campus has been named Kao Park in honour of Charles Kao who along with George Hockham discovered the technology behind fibre optic cable in 1966 whilst working for Standard Telephone Laboratories (which later became Nortel in the 1990s). The invention won him the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physics and has had a far reaching impact on science, medicine and modern communications.
Work will now commence on Kao Two, providing a further 80,000 square feet of office accommodation and on the first of four data centres, which is scheduled to open in October 2017.