The mill scitech park – a lively culture for creators
The o2h group, a Cambridge-based business with a vision to seed new ideas in life-science, tech and social enterprise acquired the 2.76 acre heritage Hauxton Mill site in 2018. The plans are to develop it into the Mill SciTech Park and shape one of the region’s most exciting community of entrepreneurs.
The focus shall be where life-science meets AI and therefore such a community would have the potential to dramatically reduce the cost of new drug treatments. The first phase of the scheme will be ready in April 2021 and the second phase of the development includes a restoration and renovation of a stunning old mill and the creation of a new building with state of the art labs. We seek the support of all stakeholders to ensure this iconic site going back to the domesday has a sustainable future in which it can contribute to the success of UK innovation on the world stage.
“Our lifelong passion has been to create a buzzing community for life-science, technology and entrepreneurship in which we seed new ideas in life-science and tech. The Mill SciTech park redevelopment intimately blends innovation, English heritage and natural beauty after falling prey into multi-decade neglect, vandalism and arson.” Prashant Shah, Executive Chairman
o2h co-work labs operates the Mill SciTech Park in Hauxton and is supported by high specification cell culture labs to create a genuinely unique environment for creativity and innovation to thrive. We are quite obsessive about playing our part in the creation of a global collaborative community around innovation because we believe it’s the cross fertilisation of ideas across boundaries that spurs exciting new ideas.
In the heart of the Cambridge Cluster
The Hauxton Mill Site is uniquely located close to the major life science and technology hubs of Cambridge, the city centre as well being on key arterial routes for road and rail. We are a short distance from Addenbrookes, AstraZeneca, the Babraham campus, and the main rail station for Cambridge city centre. We are less than 200m from the M11 junction connecting us to London and all local and regional road networks. The site is also very well supported with bike routes connecting us to the city centre. We also have ample car parking possibilities thanks to an upcoming 1200 space park and ride around 100m from the site.
A studio style workspace for life scientists and techies
The o2h group has a passion for collaboration and the success of the mill scitech shall be dependent on the culture and community we create and nurture. The team driving o2h co-work labs wishes to create an intimate and close community of entrepreneurs, big companies, academics, and venture capitalists. We believe in the cross fertilisation of experiences and know-how across boundaries and want everyone in the community on the mill scitech park to know each other and contribute to each other’s success in what we like to call experience sharing.
A sensitive heritage restoration in natural surroundings
The mill which dates back to the 16th century was operating commercially as recently as 1972. The o2h group looks forward to lovingly renovating and restoring the old mill and inviting entrepreneurs to develop their breakthrough ideas in these unique surroundings. By popular demand from local residents, we will add a ground floor cafe in which they can mix with our resident entrepreneurs whilst looking over to the water flowing around the wheels. The site has a wide range of rare wildlife, ancient woodlands and a system of rivers and connecting brooks. The ecological studies shows the site supports water voles and otters as well as the maternity roosts for various rare species of bats.
Join our community
We have many ways in which the life science and tech community can contribute to the community at the Mill SciTech Park. As well as renting space in the incubator we have weekly on-site packages, and an associate membership to access hot desks, lab space and meeting rooms. We are also launching the UK’s first summer biotech bootcamp for experienced leaders from the field of life science. For more details, please see – o2h.com/co-work-labs
Weekly on-site packages and facilities
You can hire out our studio space as a weekly on-site package. Ideal for the work from home company who needs a weekly collaboration space for inducting new team members, building cultures and face to face exchanges.
Book workspace, meeting room or break out room space and get access to free year round coffee. You will be able to manage all this from a dedicated app. If you are interested in being part of a buzzing intimate community of life scientists and techies we’d love to hear from you.
Please get in touch and we can custom design a package that works…
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