The Science Park Centre has been named Project of the Year with a value between £2-7 million at the annual Michelmores Property Awards.
The iconic, multi-tenanted building at the heart of the Exeter Science Park opened in June 2015 and has since become home to a range of science and technology based fast growth businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs.
Designed by a team from LHC’s Exeter Design Studio, led by John Baulch, Bruce Jordan and Ian Noakes, the building has acted as a catalyst for the wider Science Park. Its contemporary exterior, high quality internal finish, flexible BREEAM Excellent accommodation and advanced technical infrastructure have set the standard for all future buildings on the Park.
LHC were appointed to provide a detailed masterplan for the first phase of the Science Park. The Science Park Centre is the second building to be completed, following the award-winning Eagle House, also designed by LHC. The team has also recently submitted plans for two further ‘Grow On’ buildings within the same cluster, and designed initial concepts for the highly-contemporary, proposed new home of Exeter City Futures.
LHC Group Director John Baulch said:
The Science Park Centre is at the very heart of the Science Park and therefore needed to be an inspiring and innovative space that created a fast-paced and fun environment where ideas can grow. What has been delivered is an exemplar of sustainability, technology and flexible working to provide a dynamic workplace where businesses can flourish. We’re delighted that it has been recognised as Project of the Year £2-7 million and look forward to seeing the building flourish as the heart of the expanding Park.
Judges commented on the Science Park Centre, stating:
This is truly inspiring project that is immensely important for Exeter, demonstrating the importance of technology. The flexibility of what it provides will surely attract businesses to develop at the Park and lead the way in what will be an extremely successful venture.