Science Minister Andrew Griffith joined Milton Park’s top brass to mark groundbreaking at the new £40 million Nebula scheme.

The 80,000 sq ft of high-tech, flexible R&D labs and offices, spread across seven buildings, will offer the latest ‘move-on’ space for growing science, technology and advanced engineering companies.

The groundbreaking involved the burial of a time capsule, themed on scientific discoveries at the park, which is due to be unearthed in 100 years. The ceremony was followed by a tour of Milton Park occupiers Evotec and Immunocore’s labs.

Mr Griffith (pictured centre) said: “Breaking ground at Milton Park’s Nebula development today is a tangible step in the future of scientific and technological advancement in the UK.

“This state-of-the-art facility will facilitate those achieving breakthroughs from engineering to life sciences, support skilled jobs here in Oxfordshire, and enhance the UK’s position as a science superpower.”

Kathryn Andrew, development manager for MEPC Milton Park, said: “Nebula will enable Milton Park’s occupiers to scale quickly when their innovation begins to skyrocket. We’re looking forward to providing more updates on the development’s progress over the coming year.”

The scheme’s seven buildings, ranging from 6,000 to 13,000 sq ft, are due for completion this year.

Nebula is expected to achieve BREEAM Excellent and will target EPC A.

Working alongside Milton Park and Barnwood as part of the project team are SRA Architects, ASA Landscape Architects, Ridge & Partners LLP (BREEAM, cost management, M&E, principal design, project management), Stantec (civil and structural engineering), William Downie Associates (utilities), Cundall (carbon consultant), CBRE (letting agent) and ProVision (planning).


A fly-through video of the new scheme can be seen here.

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