Granta Park is Cambridge’s leading life-science research park and extends to 120 acres in total. It is a low-density research park, located at the heart of Europe’s strongest and most dynamic cluster of life science and technology-based companies. Many of these companies were founded to commercialise research that was spun out of the UK’s top-ranked University of Cambridge which is located six miles away.
Granta Park has two separate owners, each of whom owns approximately one-half of the entire estate. They work together in close collaboration to provide a seamless property service and a unified management entity for all third-party clients.
BioMed Realty is headquartered in San Diego, California and is the world’s leading REIT that specialises exclusively in life science real estate. It has invested over $5 bn in state-of-the-art life science research facilities totaling over 18 million sq ft concentrated in the US and UK’s core life science markets. It has developed many of the properties in its portfolio on a bespoke basis, and thus has considerable experience of delivering tailor-made projects to the highest international standards for the world’s major biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.
TWI is a research institute, owned by its industrial members and operates on a not-for-profit basis. It purchased the site in 1946, founded Granta Park as an open research campus in 1996, and by 2016 comprehensively redeveloped its own operational estate with new offices and laboratories. The new facilities (250,000 sq ft) have embedded within them the UK’s first post-graduate Structural Integrity Research Institute, which TWI is founding in collaboration with Cambridge, Manchester and Brunel Universities.
The Park, with B1b planning consent, has been developed exclusively for high-tech companies involved in research and development. Current occupiers include Illumina, Vernalis, Gilead, MedImmune, Pfizer, PPD, One Nucleus, CRUK and Lonza.
Work on the green-field site for Granta Park commenced in 1998 and since that time has grown to 1 million square feet of laboratory and office space with 2,500 people working on the park each day. Planning consent for a further 435,000 square feet was achieved for Granta Park Phase II in December 2015. The multi-occupancy Riverside Development of 68,000 square feet was completed in January 2009, offering start-up space for small and medium-sized companies.
Work has started on a new 155,000 sq ft scientific research building for Illumina's new EMEA Headquarters. The project will be built in two phases to address Illumina's rapid growth. Phase one comprises laboratories, offices, a connecting winter garden, landscaped terraces and an outdoor amphitheatre.
Location – the Cambridge Sub-region
Granta Park is located in the Cambridge sub-region, six miles from the city centre. The proximity of Cambridge University, the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, the Human Genome Project and Addenbrooke’s Hospital offers a vibrant skills pool of people with the experience needed by high-growth companies, excellent networking opportunities enabling access to expertise and facilities, business opportunities with more venture capitalist activity than any other region in Europe, and a Cambridge postcode which brings international recognition.
Granta Park is in a prime location, a 20 minute drive (six miles) from the centre of Cambridge, next to the A11 and only five miles from junction 9 of the M11, providing easy access to Stansted Airport.
The master plan provides for ample circulation roads and car parking to serve the buildings and the on-site employees. Additions such as a commuter bus service, a car-sharing scheme and a cycle path linking with Cambridge city centre ensure that employees at Granta Park have a choice of transport methods with consideration for the environment.
Granta Park strives to continually improve the environment in which its customers work, providing a range of facilities to make Granta Park more than just a workplace. Amenities on site include a conference centre, nursery, gym, restaurant and café.
The On-site Team
Granta Park has an on-site management team available to provide support to occupiers as required. The Park team manages all aspects of the science park, including developments, asset management, facilities management and health and safety. The team works in partnership with all stakeholders to ensure that the park remains a vibrant, pleasurable place to spend the working day.
Granta Park’s green interior offers a uniquely natural landscape that is quintessentially English. The grounds include the River Granta, chalk grassland meadows, woodlands, a lake and the focal point of a traditional cricket pitch. The meadow is rich with wild flowers and insects in the summer and autumn, essential to visiting birds such as swallows and house martins, especially when they are breeding, as their young are fed on the insects from this natural habitat.
The lake is an essential aspect of drainage management on site, with a design which funnels the majority of run-off water through dykes to the lake, where it is stored and can be used for watering. The lake is also home to amphibians, dragonflies, and breeding wildfowl. Fresh water areas such as this are important as such habitats are in decline locally.
Over the last ten years thousands of new trees have been planted on the Granta Park site, including many lining the main avenues, in the parking groves and within the existing woodland area which runs along the park’s northern perimeter next to the River Granta.
Granta Park’s Construction Managers implement an ‘environmentally aware culture’ on all construction sites. This includes monitoring waste, water consumption, recycling and the control of CO2 levels caused by transport to and from the site. All construction waste is sorted and, where possible, recycled.
Excellence in Design
Granta Park has a professional atmosphere which motivates staff and impresses clients. By adopting a consistent approach to building design and landscaping, the quality of the working environment is particularly high. Latz and Co, one of the foremost landscape designers in Germany and Eric Parry Architects, the internationally-renowned practice, developed the master plan for the park with the aim of preserving and enhancing the existing rural landscape and ensuring the site would be easily accessible.
Buildings at Granta Park are placed between the natural woodland surrounding the site, reinforced by additional planting and parking groves, and the parkland heart. The maturing landscaping managed by the landscape architect is spacious and naturalistic and includes a lake, meadow, twenty acres of mature woodland and a cricket pitch.
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The Flowers Building - Granta Park
The Flowers Building benefits from a prominent location at the entrance of Granta Park with views of the central landscaped area and cricket pitch. The building will be refurbished and available in 2017 and can accommodate office and laboratory use.
The Riverside Development - Granta Park
Set within an area of mature woodland alongside the River Granta, with views of the village of Great Abington and its church, the Riverside Development offers flexible office and laboratory space on a multi-occupancy basis with short to medium-term leases. The development includes three buildings with each of three floors set around an open courtyard.
Granta Park East - Granta Park
This 45-acre site which includes 15 acres of landscaping will be able to accommodate up to 435,000 square feet of laboratory and office space with buildings ranging in size up to 85,000 square feet. The Granta Park team will work with companies planning to move on to the park to develop a building that will meet the needs of their business today and their plans for tomorrow.
New Developments - Granta Park
For further information on the development taking place at Granta Park please take a look at our website www.grantapark.co.uk.