October 2017 saw the commencement of major works to bring forward the development of the new 27 acre Harlow Science Park. Two separate contracts have been let by Harlow Council for enabling works that will see the construction of the Science Park commence in 2018.
Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd. has been appointed to construct the new Spine Road that will run north-south through the site to provide new road access to each of the development plots. Work started at the beginning of October and is scheduled to complete in January 2018, subject to weather conditions over the winter. The work will construct the new road as well as installing all the utilities necessary for the delivery and operation of the Science Park – electricity, gas, water, sewage and telecommunications.
Harlow Council is investing in the delivery of all necessary infrastructure requirements, in advance of development commencing, to facilitate the easy delivery of the first buildings next year and ensure that each plot is fully serviced. It will also ensure that there is no need to return to the site to retro fit any services.
Secondly, the Council has let a contract to UK Power Solutions to bring power supplies to the site. This work will see an upgrade to the Howard Way sub-station and then the bringing of power cables in new trenches along the Netteswell Road cycle path and then along the verge of the A414 to the Science Park site. It is expected that this work will complete in December 2017. The cycle path will remain open during these works at all times. Following the completion of the power supplies, UK Power Solutions will then construct the first two electricity sub-stations on site in early 2018.
Together, these works represent a major commitment from Harlow Council to the delivery of the Harlow Science Park and will ensure its future success. The Council’s development partners for the site, Vinci UK Developments and Wrenbridge, are then able to commence the delivery of the first buildings on the site in the early spring of 2018.