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Harwell Campus Breaks Ground for New Hybrid Sci-Tech Building

Construction work has begun at the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire on a new multi-occupier hybrid building that will provide flexible space for research and development, office and laboratory use.

Named the Zeus building, it will provide flexible space for science, technology and engineering organisations looking for 3,000 to 60,000 square feet, with a total footprint of 32,000 feet. It will be the first in a new collection of hybrid, flexible buildings on the campus.

Zeus is a speculative development for science, technology and engineering organisations that could benefit from the facilities and expertise available across the Harwell campus. With demand for lab and research space in the UK increasing, Oxford and Cambridge are expected to need 2.5 million square feet of new laboratory and research space to accommodate current growth and this new development is already seeing interest from potential occupiers.

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Computer generated view of Zeus building – south elevation through the landscape

Mark Affonso, Head of Finance at the STFC and Director of Harwell Campus Partnership, said: “Developing thriving multi-disciplinary research and innovation campuses around our world leading national laboratories is a key strategic aim of STFC, supporting government’s ambition to increase UK R&D expenditure to 2.4 percent of GDP by 2027.  The Zeus building is our latest contribution to developing high-quality accommodation for innovative science-driven businesses that will benefit from the fantastic facilities and dynamic collaborative culture of the Harwell Campus.”

Zeus is due to complete in October 2020.

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(L-R) David Jobbins – Bidwells, Ben Ramsay – MD Barnwood, Bethia Thomas - Cabinet Member VoWH, Angus Horner – Harwell Campus, William Cooper – Harwell Campus, Mark Alfonso - STFC, David Johnston OBE – MP for Wantage, Liz Kirby – STFC


Harwell Campus is rapidly expanding via a private public partnership between Harwell Oxford Partners and U+I, plus two Government backed agencies, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). 

Harwell Science and Innovation Campus

With a heritage of 75 years at the forefront of UK innovation and discovery, Harwell Campus continues to drive scientific advancements to the benefit of the UK economy and to improve the human condition, centred around an open innovation community and culture. The contribution that Harwell makes to the UK is significant – leading in research and achieving commercial success in key global markets, including Life Sciences, Space, Energy, Supercomputing, AI and Big Data. With 6,000 people employed across +200 public, private, and academic organisations, and an estimated GVA of over £1billion, Harwell provides job creation and economic growth that benefits the UK.


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