The University of Southampton Science Park has topped out on its latest new building – 5 Benham Campus.
Prospective and current tenants and representatives from local authorities, as well as the design and build team, were in attendance at the topping out celebration of the new office accommodation.
The new building has been devised for creative, collaborative working and will be set over three floors to include a range of meeting rooms, break-out spaces, a coffee shop and roof terrace. 5 Benham Campus is fully equipped with smart, environmentally friendly technologies including a state-of-the-art biometric security system and superfast 1Gbps broadband.
CEO of Southampton Science Park, Peter Birkett, commented: “This new building is a vital addition to our already successful Science Park and it will be an important boost to the local economy, both during and post-construction. The incremental space that this building creates, when combined with our proactive approach to business support and well established business community, will enable us to fuel the ambitions of many more early-stage and growing hi-tech businesses.”
Mark Vincent of contractor Amiri Construction added: “We are delighted to be involved in this prestigious project, not least because of the Science Park’s commitment to local suppliers. 5 Benham Campus is a very high quality building and the fact that a number of Hampshire-based businesses are at the very heart of its design and build demonstrates the priority given by the Science Park to helping local businesses and the regional economy prosper.”
The design and build team comprises TKL Architects of Otterbourne, Bishops Waltham based Rushby Brewster Associates and Peach Maclean of Winchester; overall cost and project management is provided by Fareham-based Currie & Brown.