First building takes shape at Harlow Science Park

Construction work is progressing well, and ahead of schedule, on the Harlow Science Park with the completion of the first steel frame this week. Work commenced in September on Anglia Ruskin University’s Med Tech Innovation Centre and on the Nexus building – a multi tenanted office building for technology based companies. The foundations have now been completed on both buildings and the steel frame of the Nexus building completes in week commencing 5th November. By the end of November the external frames will have been completed on both buildings.

The contractors, McLaughlin & Harvey, have worked well in the first couple of months to make this progress and the development team are delighted with the work to date. Both buildings have been designed by the architects Scott Brownrigg with MLM providing structural engineering support and Hilson Moran mechanical engineering.

The Harlow Science Park will create a new, forward thinking hub for businesses focused on all areas of science, technology, research and innovation. Its location serves to complement and build upon the already extensive life science and medical technology cluster in the London Stansted Cambridge Corridor. Designed as an attractive campus style environment, it will establish and incubate a collaborative, science-technology led community. The development is being undertaken by VINCI UK Developments for Harlow Council, as part of a consortium with Wrenbridge. McLaughlin & Harvey, the UK & Ireland building contractor, are undertaking the construction.

John Keddie, Chairman of Harlow Enterprise Zone Board (pictured far left), commented:

“This is a major milestone in the development of the Harlow Enterprise Zone. Following the successes at Kao Park, the Harlow Science Park is now underway. With the infrastructure completed earlier this year we are delighted to have started work on these first two buildings and, with many positive discussions under way, we fully expect more buildings to commence in 2019 bringing new businesses and jobs to Harlow.”

Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University (pictured above, second left), said:

“ARU is a key part of our region’s education and innovation ecosystem. Building on our past success with the MedBIC innovation and incubator space in Chelmsford, this new facility will help grow new businesses and industries in Harlow and in the wider region. We are very pleased to be partnering with Essex County Council and Harlow Council in this project.”

Bruno Dupety, CEO VINCI UK, said:

“This is a pivotal moment in the development of Harlow Science Park and is testament to the effective collaboration between all of the parties involved. We look forward to continuing our strong and fruitful relationship with Harlow Council and Harlow Enterprise Zone, as we develop a vibrant hub for businesses to thrive and people to meet, form partnerships and exchange ideas; and ultimately helping bring further economic prosperity to the area.”

McLaughlin & Harvey’s Construction Director, David Larmour, commented:

“McLaughlin & Harvey is pleased to be part of the construction of two new offices within Harlow Science Park. To be awarded this prestigious contract is testament to the reputation we’ve built up for delivering high-quality commercial developments.”

First published November 2018, Harlow Enterprise Zone.