Science Vale UK – opening doors to growth and investment

Science Vale UK’s prime location in Southern Oxfordshire and enterprise zone status is continuing to secure new commercial development as well as unlocking opportunities for thriving businesses and communities.

Businesses choose to move or expand in Science Vale because it gives them something they can’t get elsewhere: knowledge, expertise, skills, big-science research facilities and a plentiful supply of versatile, high spec accommodation available throughout its science parks and enterprise zones.

£6.2 million infrastructure boost

The Science Vale region will benefit from £6.2 million of government funding awarded to South Oxfordshire District Council to accelerate the delivery of infrastructure and transport links with the Didcot Northern Perimeter road. The funding will help the building of 15,000 new homes in Didcot Garden Town by 2031 and improve local transport networks, strengthening and connecting communities. Today, these initiatives continue to help attract big science, talent and funding to the region.

Science Vale opening doors for Marriott Hotel

Building work has started on a four-star hotel at Milton Gate, part of the Milton Park business park. This new development will help address the increased demand for overnight accommodation resulting from phenomenal growth and investment into Science Vale.

The Marriott Courtyard hotel will have 170 beds, a lounge bar, restaurant with outdoor space, state-of-the-art conference facilities, businesses meeting pods and a gym for guests. The hotel is expected to open its doors in autumn 2018.

Oxensis Ltd expands in Science Vale.

Oxensis Ltd, a cutting edge sensor technology company, formed in 2003 as a spin-out from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, has recently doubled its current accommodation in Science Vale to 9,000 sq ft, by taking up a lease at the new Genesis building on Harwell Campus.

The new premises will provide Oxsensis Ltd, who serve the global aerospace, power generation and oil & gas industries, with the necessary space to dramatically increase its commercial operation and productivity.

“The creation of the enterprise zone at Harwell has been instrumental in allowing Oxsensis to grow and expand into new premises capable of meeting our Aerospace customers’ requirements.  We have doubled our floor space, which has allowed us to hire additional skilled staff and we’re now looking to employ our first apprentices.  All possible due to the enterprise zone.”
Patrick Cohen, Finance Director of Oxsensis

Quad One building at Harwell Campus
Quad One Harwell Campus – Building for tomorrow’s world.

Home to national and international institutions including The Science and Technology Facilities Council, The European Space Agency, The Medical Research Council and the UK Space Gateway, Harwell Campus is founded on a legacy of groundbreaking innovations, from Europe’s first nuclear reactor in 1947 and the world’s first transistorised computer in 1953, to the first user beam produced by the Diamond Light Source Synchrotron in 2007.

No surprise then that there is a big demand for high quality, high specification commercial space from science and technology businesses keen to be located in the very heart of Science Vale. Companies know they can capitalise on commercial ventures by benefiting from close access to billions of pounds of research equipment and a highly specialised, skilled network of like-minded people and organisations.

The latest Harwell Campus development is Quad One – a striking landmark building – it offers occupiers bespoke office and laboratory space within the campus’s powerful innovation ecosystem. Available from December 2017, the bespoke suites can provide office and laboratory space from 300 to 12,500 sq.ft. Opening alongside Quad One is also a new 6,000 sq.ft gym/café to complement the range of existing campus amenities.

Quad One is within the enterprise zone, a government backed scheme to help businesses move into the growth fast-lane. Qualifying businesses that relocate here can receive up to £55,000 per year business rate discount for a period of five years, saving themselves up to £275,000.