A glimpse of a proposed new 75,000 sq ft building at The Oxford Science Park was offered to delegates at OxPropFest.
The new four-storey building on Plot 27, part of the former Minchery Farm land, close to the Kassam Stadium, is planned to be multi-let with potentially four occupiers per floor, guests heard at the September 14 event.
However the building is designed to be particularly flexible and the space allows for conversion to offices.
Ian Bogle, founder and creative director of Bogle Architects, who designed the building, told delegates: “Previously we would design lab-enabled offices. We very much see this as office-enabled labs because the nature of offices has changed.”
The colour of the exterior reflects the proximity to The Priory, an ancient, but now derelict, Grade II-listed former pub.
A planning application is due to be submitted to Oxford City Council imminently and work could start next year with possible completion in 2025.
Guests were shown the evolution of the park and saw the plans for Plots 23 – 26 which were unveiled earlier this month.
TOSP chief executive Rory Maw said 3,000 homes are planned next to the park and the reopening of the Cowley branch line be another major step forward.
The line, which had been planned to be open in 2019, is now on schedule for 2026.
Mr Maw said: “That’s not certain but we are quite optimistic. That will make a massive difference in terms of people being able to get to the park without coming in private cars.”
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