Oxford Science Park gets green light for new office and lab complex
Magdalen College, Oxford, has gained approval for a 168,000 sqft office and laboratory complex at the Oxford Science Park. Plot 16 plans will feature a central raised plaza with wider landscaping and accessibility enhancements.
Construction is due to start in Autumn 2020, backed by the Oxford City Council’s East Area Planning Committee. The first building is estimated to reach practical completion by early 2022.
The central raised plaza, and the plot’s eastern plaza at street level have been designed to facilitate access to a new railway station at the Science Park, due to open in alignment with the planned re-opening of the Cowley Branch line.
The plans to develop Plot 16 at the Oxford Science Park, owned by Magdalen College, Oxford, come as demand from science and technology companies at the park and across the city increase. The new development is in addition to another new space for small to medium companies (SMEs), the Bellhouse Building, which is already under construction with predicted occupation in mid-2020.
“We are delighted Oxford City Council supports our ambitious plans for Plot 16. Oxford’s science and technology sector is thriving and at The Oxford Science Park we are witnessing unprecedent growth. The development of Plot 16 represents another major step in the evolution of the Park, and our plans are a catalyst for the re-opening of the Cowley Branch line which is an important infrastructure initiative that will reinforce our convenient connectivity with the City Centre.”
Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, CEO at The Oxford Science Park
“Oxford is home to a high concentration of science and technology companies and science parks such as the Oxford Science Park play a fundamental role in the wider UK economy. It’s great to see that demand for office space is increasing and that the park will be able to accommodate new businesses in innovation and research.”
Phil Southall, President of the Oxfordshire Chamber of Commerce
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