Thames Valley Science Park (TVSP) has been announced as a finalist in the Thames Valley Property Awards for Development of the Year. The submission, entered by Barton Willmore on behalf of the University of Reading, is up against three other projects, with the winner being announced at the Awards dinner in May.
The Park, a new 800,000 sqft commercial campus providing world-class facilities that encourage the growth of innovative technology-based companies, specialising in R&D and product development, will meet a critical gap in the Thames Valley. The provision of specialist space, access to grant funding support and wider business support at the Science Park, will provide collaboration opportunities with the University.
The first phase of the development includes the c. 70,000 sqft contemporary and flexible ‘Gateway’ building, expected to open this Autumn (2017). Reflecting leading-edge design and specialist specification for the commercial knowledge markets in aesthetics, functionality and operations, the ‘Gateway’ provides a multi-tenanted flexible space with specialist laboratory facilities, offices and operation strategy, creating significant added value to companies, whilst encouraging start-ups and entrepreneurship via onsite conference facilities and incubation spaces.
Barton Willmore, on behalf of Proton Partners International and the University of Reading also secured detailed permission for the Proton Cancer treatment centre to be located at TVSP. With only 40 proton beam therapy centres currently in operation worldwide, TVSP will become home to the first proton beam therapy cancer centre in the South of England and one of the first three across the UK.
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