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28 June, 2022 - 11:53 By News Desk

Royal approval for Cambridge and Howard Group’s Unity Campus

Cambridge’s new urban innovation district – Howard Group’s Unity Campus –welcomed a Royal party and guests to celebrate its existing innovative community and mark the next stage of campus development. 

The Duke of Gloucester, who officially opened the campus, paid tribute to the venture and to the life science community in Cambridge into which the initiative is studded.

He said: “Having watched how Cambridge has grown internationally in the science world there seems no limit to the scope of research and development being undertaken here.

“Visiting Cambridge, meeting the scientists involved and seeing first-hand the type of discoveries being made here is fascinating. Providing the appropriate space for these discoveries is critical and you are carefully providing it; discussing and thinking about what these organisations need and then delivering it.”

Howard Group CEO Nicholas Bewes said Unity Campus was home to some scintillating and groundbreaking science. He said: “We were extremely honoured to welcome HRH to Unity Campus and showcase some of the amazing science and innovation taking place here by organisations that are working to make a significant impact upon our society.  

“We look forward to welcoming many other companies to Unity Campus over the next few years as the new facilities emerge within a development which has sustainability at its core.  

“As a long-standing, family-owned business, Howard Group is committed to making a real difference across the communities where we work; a value shared by the organisations we work with to deliver projects such as Unity Campus. 

“Many of our partners and members of the community were represented at the event and we were delighted to be able to share the day with them.”

Completed in February 2020, The Works at Unity Campus was re-developed from an old industrial warehouse into a vibrant, contemporary laboratory and office space during the first phase of re-development on site. 

Having discussed the history of the campus, current occupiers, Summit Therapeutics, PhoreMost, Domainex and Telensa met HRH to explain more about the innovative work being undertaken within these organisations. 

A tour of the laboratory facilities of biotechnology company, IONTAS, followed, enabling The Duke to experience ‘science in action’.  

Led by IONTAS Chief Operating Officer Jon Green and Chief Scientific Officer, Peter Slavny, The Duke had the opportunity to visit selected laboratories to see and hear about the research being undertaken by the company.

IONTAS is focused on the development of novel antibody therapeutics using phage display and proprietary next generation Mammalian Display technology.

The Duke was then introduced to representatives from FutureIn - a Cambridge focused programme providing young people at risk of homelessness or from challenging backgrounds the opportunity to train as apprentices within the construction sector –and met the first FutureIn apprentice, Tony Cooley, whose apprenticeship is being facilitated by Howard Group and Morgan Sindall Construction, the contractors currently on site at Unity Campus. 

A ceremonial turf cutting to celebrate the next stage of development on campus – the provision of an additional circa 90,000 sq ft of exceptional, flexible life science laboratory space across three buildings was followed by tea in The Works where HRH had the opportunity to meet invited guests and campus occupiers before unveiling a commemorative plaque to officially open the campus.

Located eight miles from Cambridge at the centre of the life sciences cluster to the south of the city, Unity Campus is a new urban innovation district in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside.

• PHOTOGRAPH: HRH the Duke of Gloucester (right) with Howard Group CEO Nicholas Bewes. Photograph by Keith Heppell.

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