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Harlow Science Park features in the UKSPA Breakthrough Magazine

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New UKSPA member; Harlow Science Park provides an exciting new development comprising 35 acres of land capable of delivering 675,000 sq ft of brand new buildings for the science and technology sectors. The project is a joint venture between Harlow Council, Vinci UK Develpments Ltd and Wrenbridge and will have an end value in the order of £275m. The scheme forms part of the Harlow Enterprise which includes Kao Park. Kao Park will employ circa 1,500 people within the next 12 months and already includes organisations such as Raytheon, Arrow Electronics and Pearson and a new data centre campus.

The scale of the science park is unique in the South East and once fully occupied will provide between 2,500 and 3,500 jobs. The science park will include a number of speculative buildings and also bespoke freehold and leasehold buildings built for occupiers.

The first phase of the development will include a 30,000 sq ft, three-storey speculative office building that has been funded by Harlow Council. To set the tone for the rest of the scheme, it is aiming for a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Excellent rating. The second building will be the MedTech Innovation Centre, a 15,000 sq ft research facility for Anglia Ruskin University. The university has had a presence in Harlow for the past 10 years through its relationship with Harlow College and it has a strong track record in medical R&D as its Chelmsford site, where it prototypes medical devices. The MedTech Innovation Centre is designed to be sublet in small units to start-up companies and postgraduates, offering an affordable base for R&D that could rapidly grow into something bigger.

The new junction 7a directly from the M11 will be open by 2021 and places the site at the heart of the London/Stansted/Cambridge corridor. Access to Stansted Airport is within a 15 minute drive.

Harlow itself is currently experiencing major growth, particularly with the relocation of Public Health England to the former GSK site, which will provide 2,500 jobs once fully operational.

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