Practical completion has been reached at Nova, a new R&D lab building in Oxford.

The 43,745 sq ft scheme, developed by Wrenbridge and Buccleuch Property and subsequently acquired by IM Properties, boasts an EPC A+ rating and is targeting BREEAM Outstanding

It aims to be one of the most sustainable buildings of its kind.

Rob Hemus, asset director of IM Properties, said: “Nova is the first of its kind in the area, and its versatility is attracting enquiries from a range of sectors who not only need the technical design specification it offers but also the credentials of such a statement building geared towards modern occupiers looking to attract and retain top-tier talent.

“It’s sustainable design and attractive setting within a wildlife garden with pond and landscaped breakout and amenity space, puts social responsibility and employee wellbeing front and centre to help achieve the work-life balance employees are looking for.

“Nova is both the future of the workplace and the evolving local market to enable businesses to stand out from the competition.”

Sandy Smith, development director of Buccleuch Property, said: “The delivery of Nova, targeting a market-leading standard of BREEAM Outstanding, has been a real team effort. Successful collaborations are at the heart of what we do, and it’s wonderful to see all the hard work of our JV partners at Wrenbridge, and of the professional team, come to fruition.

“Thanks, must also go to IM Properties, who committed to this project right at the outset, recognising the exceptional opportunity that it presented. We look forward to working on more projects together.”

Carter Jonas and Colliers International are agents.

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