Drone footage has been published which shows progress at Nebula, a £40m R&D scheme at Milton Park.

The drone fly-through shows that one of the three Nebula buildings’ glue laminated timber beams are now in place. The timber is used instead of steel to reduce carbon.

Barwood is constructing the building which is on course to achieve BREEAM Excellent and EPC A sustainability standards. Barnwood and Milton Park are also working together to minimise the scheme’s environmental impact during construction.

Nebula will offer almost 80,000 sq ft space for science, technology and advanced engineering companies. The building units range from 6,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft, combining flexible R&D space with Grade A office accommodation.

Kathryn Andrew, development manager for MEPC Milton Park, said: “It only felt like yesterday that we were finalising the CGIs of what Nebula would look like, but the fly-through really brings the project to life and showcases the full scale and potential of the development.

“Once complete, Nebula will offer adaptable R&D space, providing significant flexibility for any future occupier’s needs. We’re looking forward to sharing more updates in the coming months as the development progresses.”

Barnwood will donate surplus wood to RAW Workshop, an Oxfordshire-based social enterprise employing a range of people experiencing mental health issues, drug addition and homelessness.

Dave Piper, joint managing director for Barnwood, said: “It has been incredibly rewarding to utilise innovative and more sustainable materials like glulam on the Nebula project, and see the structures come to life in recent weeks.

“One of our objectives is to ensure we minimise our environmental impact through the materials we use. We’re pleased to be working with RAW who will be recycling off-cuts and surplus wood from site. We are also progressing new initiatives with MEPC to generate a positive impact from the constriction process and look forward to reporting back soon.”

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).

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