Sci-Tech Daresbury has started the tender process for the selection of a contractor to build its new 43,000 sq. ft. grade A office complex.
The scheme, Project Violet, which received planning consent from Halton Borough Council in February this year, is the construction of two buildings providing 12,500 sq. ft. each and one building providing 18,000 sq. ft. The buildings are to be three storeys high, situated at the gateway of the campus next to Keckwick Lane and Innovation Way.
Each building will provide floor plates of around 4,000 to 6,000 sq. ft. and as part of the work there will be major landscaping improvements around the site. There is also to be 140 dedicated car parking spaces directly adjacent to the buildings with level access provided throughout the site. The buildings will be built to achieve a minimum BREEAM rating of Excellent.
The contract also states that development includes extension of the existing linear park landscape treatment along Innovation Way and into the development site, improving key routes through the campus, and enhancing the gateway to the Sci-Tech Daresbury site.
The development includes the extension and improvement of the existing highways network with the creation of a new access road to serve the Project Violet site and future development sites to the east.
Neal Biddle, group development director of Langtree and board member of the Sci-Tech Daresbury joint venture company, said: “Project Violet is the latest phase in the expansion of our award-winning Sci-Tech Daresbury site, providing new buildings that continue to support the growing demand to accommodate science, research and innovation businesses.
“We have over the last two years substantially upgraded and expanded the campus and this further development underlines not only our on-going success, but also our commitment to the region and the market demand for what we are proposing.
“The campus is now home to more than 130 businesses and we have regular enquiries from others looking to relocate or start so the need for this space is critical and the plan is for work to start next summer completing 12 months later.”
The project is being funded using the Enterprise Zone retained business rates and investment from the site’s joint venture partners; developers Langtree, the Science and Technology Facilities Council and Halton Borough Council.