Carter Jonas secured planning consent for the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in Oxfordshire for a new c. 4,920m2 office building to be occupied by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Having submitted the application, Carter Jonas will also be involved in discharging the planning conditions. In addition to workspaces, the consent also includes breakout areas inside and out for staff and visitors, enhanced landscaping, and car and cycle parking provisions.
The 2,832,800m2 Harwell Campus sits within The Science Vale UK area, an internationally significant location for innovation and science-based research and business. It is home to numerous organisations, mainly in the innovation technologies sector, and employs around 6,500 people working in over 225 organisations.
In June this year, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus had secured €346.9m of financing to help it expand and build out new laboratories, advanced manufacturing, and office space, it was reported. The finance facility was secured by the campus public-private partnership – a joint venture between Brookfield, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). The UK government has invested c. €3.5b in scientific facilities at Harwell.
The campus has close links to the University of Oxford and other leading universities across the UK. It is operated on a cluster basis, promoting collaboration across the Space, Health Tech, Energy Tech and Quantum Computing sectors.
Monika Zemla, director of leasing and business development at Harwell Campus, said: "We’re delighted to have secured planning for the Dexter development. Dexter will be occupied by NDA, whose crucial work will pave the way for the realisation of our masterplan vision and will enable further expansion of our globally renowned science community."
Katherine Jones, associate partner, planning and development at Carter Jonas, added: "Carter Jonas is involved in planning widely across Harwell Campus – from strategic planning through to individual applications such as this. A specialist nuclear cluster has emerged at Harwell, and consequently, there is an ongoing demand for space. We are pleased to have played a part in fulfilling this requirement."