Haverhill Research Park innovation centre plans advance

Concept art of the Haverhill Research Park innovation centre
Concept art of the Haverhill Research Park innovation centre

Plans for an innovation centre at the heart of the £100 million Haverhill Research Park moved forward this week.

Carisbrooke Developments, the company behind the park, is branding the new project ‘The Epicentre’ and is launching a ‘virtual innovation centre’ immediately, with incentives for businesses to sign up.

At the same time the park has become a member of UK Business Incubation (UKBI), the leading organisation for individuals and organisations involved in enterprise, innovation, and sustainable growth.

The planning application for the innovation centre goes to St Edmundsbury Council’s planning committee later this month, and if successful it could be built by summer 2015.

In the meantime businesses can take up a ‘virtual’ offer that includes use of the new innovation centre and address, a domain name, post handling and conference/meeting space at a reduced rate at the nearby Day’s Inn Hotel in Phoenix Road, where free Wi-Fi will also be available to virtual office tenants.

Nic Rumsey, managing director of Carisbrooke, said: “we see the innovation centre as a key part of the park’s future and joining UKBI will give us all the benefits of membership that the organisation brings which together with the ‘virtual’ centre demonstrates our commitment to the project.”

Agents for the park are Cheffins and Carter Jonas. Helen Chaplin is the Park’s onsite sales representative.

The new address will be The Epicentre, Haverhill Research Park Three Counties Way, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 7FB.

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