Planning permission has been secured by Harwell Science and Innovation Campus for a 47,000 square feet Grade A development that will provide office space for science and technology companies at the UK’s major science hub in Oxfordshire.
Called Quad Two, which will include a roof terrace, the building will provide flexible office space so that three of the four floors can be let to single or multiple tenants in units ranging from 2,500-20,000 square feet.
Quad Two is the third in a series of developments that will form a collegiate style quadrangle alongside Harwell’s busy Becquerel Avenue which is already home to high flying technology companies such as Oxford Nanopore Technologies, Agilent and Oxford Space Systems.
The concept behind the unusual cladding treatment, a continuation of the Quad One building, was based on the core objective of sitting buildings comfortably inside the existing mature natural landscape by cleverly using light, reveal and scale. The facade is expressed through a pattern of repeating fins, and glazed, mirrored and solid panels that reflect and respond to the surrounding trees, grassland and riparian areas.
Angus Horner, Harwell Campus Director said: “Harwell Campus is a world-leading home for fast growth science and technology organisations. This new building will enable companies looking for a competitive, multi-cluster, collaborative advantage to be located alongside some of the brightest minds in the country, delivering world leading research and life changing technologies.
“As demand for Grade A accommodation for ambitious science and tech companies has continued to grow across the UK we are delighted to be able to meet this requirement in the form of Quad Two. With a total of 1.5 million sq ft to be developed by the mid-2020s we look forward to welcoming many more people to Harwell in the coming years.”