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4 July, 2019 - 21:29 By Tony Quested

Cambridge Science Park Bio-Hub attracting high interest

Cambridge Science Park Bio Hub

A new biotech hub at Cambridge Science Park designed by global practice Scott Brownrigg has completed and interest from potential occupiers is said to be high following life science company Mogrify’s decision to become anchor tenant.

Designed for clients Trinity College Cambridge and Tsinghua University Holdings (TUS Park UK), via project developers Bidwells, the objective was to reinvigorate the park with a group of new buildings to attract the best in science and technology research, as well as development clients. The £65 million scheme incorporates plots 22, 25 and 26.

Masterminded by Trinity, the wider £200 million investment into the park by Tsinghua University Holdings was lauded by Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018.

The cluster of 21st century science buildings that form the Bio-Hub provide a catalyst for further Park rejuvenation and set the standard for future developments within the Park, as well as the surrounding area.

Ross McWatt, associate at Scott Brownrigg, said: “The Bio-Hub offers opportunities for flexible work and research space to over 2000 scientists. Positioned on the southern fringes, plot 25 incorporates Scott Brownrigg’s ‘Flexlab’ design, a methodology that puts future adaptability at its core, with ‘plug and play’ laboratory furniture to suit any layout.” 

All three buildings are designed for high technology tenants and use a highly adaptable design that allows for multiple occupants per floor and flexibility between laboratory and office space to suit a tenant’s capacity and ongoing needs.

Plot 25 (The Bio Innovation Centre) hosts 28 individual flexible laboratories with dedicated write up rooms, and large open plan biology and chemistry spaces, with state-of-the art support facilities including fume cupboards and piped gases by centralised distribution.

John Pearson, associate, project management for Bidwells, said: “The Bio-Hub is a very exciting project to be involved in. The expectation and what we achieved was a series of high quality landmark buildings which set a new standard in the park’s built environment, meeting the British Council for Offices and BREEAM Excellent standards, making it incredibly efficient at 89.5 per cent NIA:GIA.

Scott Brownrigg is a global design leader ranked in the UK Top 10 and within the Global Top 100 architectural practices.  The company has studios across the UK in London, Edinburgh, Guildford and Cardiff and international studios in New York, Singapore and Amsterdam. 

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