A new state-of-the-art science park that will deliver cutting edge facilities for R&D and high-tech manufacturing has been proposed in Swindon. The 82,188 sq m Wasdell Group facility located at Inlands Farm, Wanborough, will also help support Wasdell’s projected growth.
The planning application for the development was submitted by national planning and development consultancy Turley submitted the . The company is also providing planning, environmental impact assessment, landscape and built heritage services for the scheme.
“This facility will provide a major lift for Swindon and the surrounding area, providing jobs and boosting the local supply chain. We are thrilled to play our part in helping to deliver fantastic new opportunities for the local economy and people,” Turley’s head of planning for the south east, Peter Lawson.
Swindon Science Park will be designed by Oxford Architects and will boast low-density green spaces separated by footpaths, cycle ways and water features. 14% of the park will be built area, while 86% of the site will be given over to green sustainable landscaping, screening and planting of native British trees.
The buildings will be constructed using the latest technology and materials, with roof mounted solar panels to generate renewable energy and green sedum roofs to promote bio-diversity, air quality and rain water attenuation.
“The Government recognises the crucial role that the life sciences industries must play in UK PLC, and there are considerable opportunities for our local and regional economy if as a town we embrace the life sciences and collaborate on R&D and investment,” said Wasdell’s CEO, Martin Tedham.
“Our neighbours in Reading, Oxford, Bath and Bristol are already reaping substantial rewards through making the sciences an economic and employment priority. With the national research councils on our doorstep, and Heathrow less than an hour away, Swindon is perfectly placed to grow its hi-tech, science-based industries too,” he added.
The first element of the Wasdell facility is believed to become operational in 2021, with the remainder becoming operational over the subsequent four years.