The Exeter Science Park Centre, designed by LHC Architecture + Urbanism, has scooped its second award of the year at the prestigious Insider Property Awards South West, where it was named Office Development of the Year.
Opened in 2015, the Exeter Science Park Centre has already been named Project of the Year at the 2016 Michelmores Property Awards earlier this year.
The panel of expert judges at the Insider Awards felt the Science Park Centre is a landmark building that heralds big things to come, inspiring an exciting new era for science and innovation in Exeter.
The Science Park Centre beat a number of high profile buildings to the top spot, including another LHC designed building, the new Somerset Energy Innovation Centre on Woodlands Business Park near Bridgwater.
The Exeter Science Park is now home to a range of fast growth businesses and entrepreneurs, from software development and cyber security consultants to gas and oil engineers and Internet of Things specialists as well as the Met Office.
The BREEAM Excellent Science Park Centre building is praised for its flexible working opportunities, virtual services, co-working and hot desking spaces and diverse range of offices and purpose-built laboratories.
Designed by a team from LHC’s Exeter Design Studio, led by John Baulch, Bruce Jordan and Ian Noakes, the building has acted as a catalyst for the wider Science Park. It’s contemporary exterior, high quality internal finish, flexible accommodation and advanced technical infrastructure have set the standard for all future buildings on the Park.
The design and spirit of the building aims to bring people together, giving them the opportunity to meet, collaborate and innovate in beautifully designed surroundings. With a contemporary designed café, high specification conference suite, meeting rooms and social and open space, the Centre has become a hive of activity for budding businesses.
The Park has also recently announced that plans for two further ‘Grow On’ buildings, within the same cluster have been approved. The two new buildings, also designed by LHC, will provide prospective office and laboratory space for science and technology based businesses, as well as a bespoke new headquarters for Torrance Diamond Diagnostic Services (TDDS) a specialist veterinary pathology firm that have commissioned the new building.
Equity Director of LHC, John Baulch, said: “The Exeter Science Park Centre was designed to be a catalyst building where entrepreneurs could be inspired, develop new ideas and grow their businesses. We began the designs for the Centre some years ago now so it’s fantastic to receive that recognition for what we feel has been a truly successful piece of architecture.”
The building of the Science Park Centre has been made possible with shareholder equity from Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Exeter City Council, the University of Exeter; the Heart of the South West LEP which committed £4.5m loan from the Growing Places Fund; and a £1 million grant from the Regional Growth Fund.