Oxford Science Park secures planning approval for Plot 16 expansion

WCN Editorial Team 10 Dec 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The East Area Planning Committee of Oxford City Council has given its approval for building two new buildings on the Oxford Science Park’s (TOSP) Plot 16.

Comprising 168,000ft², the plan includes a central raised plaza and wider landscaping and accessibility enhancements. Construction is scheduled to begin in autumn next year and is claimed to be one of the largest commercial workspace commitments in Oxford.

The first building is expected to be completed by early 2022. At present, discussions are going on with several parties for pre-lets.

The central raised plaza and the Plot’s eastern plaza at street level were designed to provide access to a railway station that will come with a planned re-opening of the Cowley Branch line. Both Network Rail and Chiltern Railways, amongst others, were consulted on the plans.

Plot 16 is part of TOSP’s plans for further expansion, attracting additional science & technology occupiers to the Park while offering grow-on space for those already on the site.

Owned by Magdalen College, the Oxford Science Park is being built in response to the requirements of science and technology companies at the Park, across Oxford and more broadly.

The plan for Plot 16 is in addition to the new space for small to medium enterprises (SMEs), the Bellhouse Building, under construction for occupation in the middle of next year.

The contemporary workspace at the park is being increased deliberately, as its commercial eco-system grows, it becomes more diverse technologically, while having a greater reach.

Perkins and Will has been appointed as the architect for the Plot 16. Other professional design and planning team members include Studio DBM, Hoare Lea, Campbell Reith, Core5, 3PM and Savills.

The Oxford Science Park CEO Piers Scrimshaw-Wright said: “We are delighted Oxford City Council supports our ambitious plans for Plot 16. Oxford’s science and technology sector is thriving and at The Oxford Science Park we are witnessing unprecedented growth.

“The development of Plot 16 represents another major step in the evolution of the Park, and our plans are a catalyst for the re-opening of the Cowley Branch line which is an important infrastructure initiative that will reinforce our convenient connectivity with the City Centre.”

In July this year, TOSP sought permission from Oxford City Council to construct the Plot 16 building.

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Image: TOSP secures approval to construct Plot 15 building in Oxford City. Photo: Courtesy of Jürgen Rübig/Pixabay

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