Plans for £5 million innovation centre in Haverhill revealed

Concept art of the �5 million Haverhill Research Park innovation centre
Concept art of the �5 million Haverhill Research Park innovation centre

Plans for a £5 million innovation centre to help start-up businesses have been revealed.

The 30,000 sq ft centre will be part of Haverhill Research Park in Hanchett End.

Carisbrooke Developments has submitted its plans to St Edmundsbury Council for the four-storey building which, as the first property on the £100 million park, will create a landmark development adjacent to the lake in the centre of the 450,000 sq ft project.

The innovation centre is expected to be completed by summer 2015 and could create up to 300 jobs.

The development will comprise high specification offices and dry research and development accommodation in a range of sizes together with conference and meeting rooms, training facilities and a ‘work-hub’ area for shared working.

There will also be a cafe overlooking the lake which will create a focal point for the innovation centre as well as other businesses located on the park.

Carisbrooke director Nic Rumsey said: “We hope and expect the innovation centre once built to be the hub of the research park.

“It will offer early-stage companies tailored support services designed to boost the growth of their businesses ranging from cost-effective, flexible, managed space to business advice, integrated telecoms, broadband internet access and networking facilities.

“The centre will aim to stimulate innovation, product and process development and technology transfer, which will enhance growth, creativity, customer satisfaction both nationally and internationally for all its clients.

“The innovation centre will become a ‘business incubator’ offering experience, contacts, resources, and a presence in the local community.

“Working with St Edmundsbury and the two LEPs (local enterprise partnerships) we hope to realise funding for the building shortly so that construction can commence as soon as possible.”

The building has been designed by architects Frank Shaw Associates, and will ‘set the standard’ for future building on the park providing exciting and contemporary architecture, with a double height glazed reception and a striking brise soleil canopy over the entrance.

It will be covered with a mix of brick and two types of rainscreen cladding and there will be high quality landscaping with an avenue of pear trees on the north side of the building.

The sustainable elements of the design comprise photovoltaic panels on the roof to provide a source of renewable energy for the centre together with bicycle racks and showers and changing rooms for those wishing to cycle to work.

Agents for the park are Cheffins and Carter Jonas.

Helen Chaplin is the park’s onsite sales representative.

The marketing campaign for the project will be launched this spring after planning permission is obtained.

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