Oxford Science Park has submitted a planning application for a Bogle Architects-designed office for 500 employees
The 6,974m² development is the first building to be submitted for planning since Magdalen College took full control of the park in January, having acquired a 50 per cent stake held by M&G Real Estate.
The park, four miles south-east of Oxford city centre, was established in 1991 as a joint venture to deliver commercial offices and laboratories for science and technology companies. It is currently home to more than 65 companies employing more than 2,400 people.
There are 5.3ha of development land on the park, with Magdalen College previously announcing plans to build more than 27,000m² of additional laboratory space in the next five to seven years.
Bogle Architects’ proposed £13 million four-storey building – plot 12 – is on a 1.2ha site at the heart of the park masterplan. The office, which will be available to let in its entirety or as multiple lets, will feature a roof terrace, 80 cycle spaces, bike store facilities and parking for 203 cars.
Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, managing director of the Oxford Science Park, said Plot 12 presented the opportunity to ‘build the next logical and natural expansion to the park’. He added: ‘Our proposal is to speculatively build efficient and flexible, energy-efficient accommodation that supports high-value business growth and the local economy. The development will aid the “rich” commercial ecosystem that is so prevalent across the park.’
Type of project Office
Client Oxford Science Park
Architect Bogle Architects
Landscape architect David Blackwood-Murray
Planning consultant DHA Planning
Structural engineer Campbell Reith
M&E consultant Hoare Lea
Quantity surveyor Ridge & Partners
Planning supervisor Ridge & Partners
Funding Own internal resources
Tender date September - October 2016
Start on site date January 2017
Completion date February 2018
Contract duration circa 56 weeks
Gross internal floor area 75,068 sq ft (6,974m²)
Form of contract and/or procurement JCT Design & Build
Total cost circa £13 million (excluding fees etc)