Harlow District Council, VINCI UK Developments, Wrenbridge and VINCI Construction UK celebrated a successful ground-breaking ceremony to mark the next phase of the Harlow Science Park scheme.
The event was a small affair with only five representatives following government guidance on social distancing and construction site working.
VINCI Construction UK are currently on site to deliver the 50,000sqft mid tech advanced manufacturing facilities, as Harlow Science Parks expands.
The scheme will provide six units across two floors, with each of the BREEAM Very Good facilities offering ultra-fast and multi network broadband across its combination of office and production facilities. The delivery of the new advanced manufacturing space compliments the completed NEXUS and ARISE units completed in April 2020. Facilities are supported with service areas, car parking and cycle storage and the surrounding sculptured landscape.
The new MODUS facilities are the latest phase of provisions for the Science Park facilities, which is across 25 acres, providing high quality accommodation for ICT Digital, Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing businesses focussing on all areas of science, technology, research and innovation.
Councillor Tony Durcan, Harlow Council’s portfolio holder for growth and prosperity, said:
“The timing of the start of the expansion of the science park is just right for Harlow and the region’s recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. This construction project sends out a clear message that Harlow is the place to do business. Getting the construction of this second phase of the science park underway working with major companies such as VINCI and Wrenbridge shows the confidence there is in Harlow. The science park will create jobs and new business opportunities and we want it to be the place where things that change people lives are created and made. I am very excited about the future the science park and the Modus development will play in moving Harlow forward and securing our town’s future.”
Graham Lambert, Managing Director at VINCI UK Developments said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be partnering Harlow District Council on this innovative and aspirational scheme. We are working with some great organisations in delivering this key phase of the development for Harlow and the surrounding area, creating a compelling and collaborative place for the science and technology community”.
John McHale, Wrenbridge said:
“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with an excellent team to create buildings that incorporate a high number of energy efficient design features. These features will reduce the environmental impact and make units more cost effective for companies to occupy.
“We anticipate exciting occupational demand for the mid-tech units that will offer complete flexibility to occupiers. We are targeting construction completion for Spring 2021 with Bidwells, Strettons and Derrick Wade Waters being retained as our agents”.
Sam Barker, Construction Director at VINCI Construction UK said:
“VINCI are really pleased to be working with VINCI UK Developments, Harlow Council and Wrenbridge on the latest phase of this exciting flagship development.
“It’s great to see construction underway and the local community has shown so much support and excitement for this multi-use project. We are very much looking forward to providing a fantastic state-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the area, as part of the wider Science Park scheme”.
Photo above (Left to Right;) James Gardner Harlow Council, Graham Lambert Vinci Developments Ltd, Sam Barker VINCI Construction UK, Tony Durcan Harlow Council and John McHale Wrenbridge Land Ltd
Date: 15 July 2020