News: 11 May 2017Phase Two of Thames Valley Science Park gets go-ahead

Our Reading Planning team have secured a resolution to grant outline Planning Permission for Phase Two of the Thames Valley Science Park, consolidating its growth and position as a leading home for high tech industry in the Thames Valley.

The latest phase, secured on behalf of The University of Reading and the Thames Valley Science Park, will see the creation of 600,000sqft of development, across approximately 15 new buildings.

Our team also secured outline planning permission for Phase One of the Science Park in 2010 and this has seen construction begin on a number of new buildings including ‘The Gateway’: a 70,000sqft space for 20 innovative technology companies.

In addition, the Park also includes a world-class cancer treatment centre being built by Proton Partners International Ltd, which is expected to open next year. Offering proton beam therapy, a pioneering form of treatment that is not yet available in the UK, the facility will help around 1,000 patients each year and will be the third to be built in the UK once complete.

Including Phase Two, the total development will comprise around 800,000 sqft of office and laboratory space, consolidating the Science Park as a key driver in improving skills, productivity and competition in a rapidly changing global economy.

Nick Paterson-Nield, Planning Director at Barton Willmore said:

“The latest phase of this innovative development is set to establish and promote a regionally and locally significant innovation cluster, which links the interests of the University to other research establishments to create centres of excellence in key industries, bringing up to 5,000 jobs to the area”.

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