Milton Park is about to unveil a new £12.4 million co-working space – and Thames Tap readers can join us there to see it.
The Bee House has been created at 140 Eastern Avenue, the former home of IT occupier RM which moved to a new site on the park last year.
A number of features have been incorporated to add biodiversity and there will be moss walls inside the building. Around the exterior, a water course has been opened up to create a wildflower meadow, designed to attract bees and other pollinators, and a bee hotel has also been introduced.
Kathryn Andrew, assistant development manager for Milton Park, said: “We’re very excited to be counting down the days until the Bee House’s launch in May, which will give us the opportunity to showcase the building’s sustainable qualities.”
“As part of the building’s refurbishment, we’re targeting BREEAM Excellent recognition, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for infrastructure and buildings, and an A-rating Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), the highest possible.”
Secure cycle parking, showers, a cycle hire hub and EV charging will be introduced.
Commercial director Philip Campbell said: “The innovations we’re now seeing at the Bee House can be traced back to James Dipple, our previous chief executive, who had the brilliant foresight to develop the building’s undercroft parking in such a way that in the future it could be repurposed.
“We think of Milton Park as a large incubator and the nature of Milton Park means we can accommodate the evolving needs of companies. Repurposing existing buildings not only means we can meet the future needs of companies but also do our part in tackling the climate emergency.”
Spaces available range from 97 sq ft to 2,574 sq ft within a total lettable space of 34,603 sq ft and there will be a 145-seat conference room.
A series of events throughout May and June will take place including our next Oxford Social which is at the Bee House at lunchtime on June 16 where a tour of what is on offer will be available.
Image (top): The reception at the Bee House. Below: A plan of the ground floor.
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