Grow Out Building 3

Exeter Science Park

Project Details

Client

Exeter Science Park

Contractor

Morgan Sindall

Value

£3.8m

Contract Period

38 weeks

Project Summary

The three-storey 1,300 sqm Grow Out Building will be net zero carbon and BREEAM-Excellent, with flexible office and laboratory space configurable from 65sqm to 335sqm.  Landscaping works will be carried out to the rear of the building to create 12 new carparking spaces, two of which will be for disabled use.

The new facility has been partly funded by the HotSW LEP and the governments Building Back Better Fund as part of its Growth Deal programme as a flagship innovation project.

The facility will be home to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in science, technology, engineering, maths and medical (STEMM) sectors.  The first and second floors will be divided into four of these specialist workspace areas while the ground floor will have a reception area and three communal meeting rooms.

Morgan Sindall have teamed up with Grainge Architects, SDS M&E and Clarkebond Structural to build this project in line with COVID procedures with special pedestrian walkways constructed at the live campus site to enable social distancing.

PCSA was issued on 27/11/20 with a start on site date of 22/2/21 which is a testimony to the collaboration of all the key stakeholders just seven months after funding was secured.  Construction is due to complete before the end of 2021.

We are really pleased to celebrate the start of work with this virtual ceremony. Exeter Science Park is a key asset for the region’s knowledge economy. The new building will provide the ideal space to scale for innovative SMEs working in high-growth STEMM industries. With a net-zero carbon design, the development exemplifies the standard newbuilds should strive for if the UK is to achieve a green recovery.

Taking this project from planning to ground-breaking in just over six months required the effective collaboration and early engagement made possible by the Southern Construction Framework procurement route. We look forward to working closely with everyone involved to ensure the scheme is delivered safely and efficiently.

It’s difficult to emphasise how fast this project has reached this point – it really is quite remarkable. Compared to a conventional build programme, we’ve saved up to 33% of the time involved. To get to this point means that everybody has had to play their part, doing a wide variety of things in order to get us to this position. This has required close collaboration between the Exeter Science Park, Morgan Sindall Construction, LHC Design working for NPS South West Property Consultants and the Southern Construction Framework. We only found out on the 1st August that we had secured the funding so this is a great achievement for all involved. It’s that collaboration that is going to be key to the success of this building moving forward.

Exeter Science Park helps innovative STEMM companies to deliver extraordinary growth and these are exactly the kinds of businesses that will help accelerate economic recovery post COVID-19. This development marks the start of the next phase of growth for the park and provides firms with the space to grow and thrive.