Haverhill Research Park landmark gets the green light

go-AHEAD: Haverhill Research Park's innovation centre.
go-AHEAD: Haverhill Research Park's innovation centre.

Plans for a four-storey innovation centre at the heart of Haverhill’s new £100 million research park have been approved by St Edmundsbury planning councillors.

The Epicentre, providing office space for start-up businesses, will be the first building to be constructed on the research park on Three Counties Way, and could be built by summer 2015.

Expected to bring more than 2,000 new jobs to the town, the park is being built by Carisbrooke Investments. The innovation centre will become a landmark and focal point at the entrance to the site, say Cheffins which handled the planning process.

Nic Rumsey, director of Carisbrooke Investments, recently updated members of the business community on progress of the park at the monthly TheBestOf Haverhill meeting – taking the first booking for the Epicentre.

Elaine Carr, owner the TheBestOf Haverhill said Mr Rumsey was speaking at the event for the fourth successive year.

She said: “Nic reiterated the aim of the research park is to compete with the best in class. It will offer a science park environment that is comparable to anything that Cambridge has to offer for considerably less cost.

“The aspiration for Haverhill Research Park is that it should deliver a sustainable community. The realisation of that objective is already coming to fruition with the success of the housing development and the new pub.”

She said The Arboretum, which has planning for 150 homes, was experiencing unprecedented levels of sales.

“Original plans estimated the houses would be built and sold over a five-year period. Since the site opened nine months ago, 40 units have either been sold or are under offer.

“If demand continues at the current rate the development will be completed in three years,” she added.