The first Motherlabs, a new kind of serviced laboratory space under Brookfield’s ARC brand, are to open in Hammersmith and Oxfordshire.

Motherlabs, designed to support start-ups and early-stage science and technology businesses with flexible leases, will be rolled out across the ARC centres at Harwell, Oxford, Uxbridge and West London.

The ARC name, unveiled in May, is the new brand Brookfield operates its innovation centres under and Motherlabs, designed by Thames Tap partner Bulb Laboratories and architect BDG, will be key elements.

The first is to open at ARC West London in July with Harwell and ARC Oxford next in line.

Gene therapy developer Sania Therapeutics will be the first Motherlabs member at West London and most of the remaining space is under offer. Labs range from 670 sq ft to 1,600 sq ft.

Daniel Pagella, ARC’s senior director for asset management, said: “The Motherlabs concept responds directly to the requirements of our early-stage customers, giving them access to fully capable lab space without the costs or compromises they’ve had to make in the past. We’re providing them with everything they need to progress their research and scale at pace.

“Timely access to fully fitted, ready to move in space is critical for a start-up so we’ve worked hard to make the process as quick and simple as possible. At ARC, supporting early-stage businesses is something we care about deeply. If we’re to solve the challenges of tomorrow we need to facilitate the progress of science today.”

No timescale has been set for when Motherlabs will open at Harwell and Oxford.

Image shows communal space at Motherlabs at ARC West London.

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