Planning permission has been granted for One Granta, the latest addition to Granta Park’s 14-building campus in Great Abington.

The plans, submitted by BioMed Realty, were approved by South Cambridgeshire District Council on June 16, having deferred a decision from a meeting in March due to masterplan compliance and legal agreements on the site.

It is hoped that the four-storey lab building will create approximately 450 jobs across its 100,000 sq ft of space.

The scheme will also introduce highly sustainable technologies leading to a 27.4 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions and a net gain in biodiversity.

The plans were recommended for approval by planning officers, subject to conditions, though all three parish councils in the area objected to the plans, with concerns over its dominance in the surrounding landscapes.

Orestis Tzortzoglou, vice president of development at BioMed Realty, said “Cambridge as a whole has experienced a significant shortage of Grade A laboratory and office space in recent years. Granta Park is fully leased; there is literally no space available. We already have tenants that we are talking to at the moment on buildings that are about two-and-a-half, three years away from completion.

“The true benefits to the community are the scientific research that is being undertaken here, and the life-changing treatments produced on the site. Only two weeks ago one of our tenants successfully administered a drug to the clinical trial for ovarian cancer, so that is the type of research and the type of impact that these buildings bring to the community.”

This site is one of the last remaining undeveloped areas available in Granta Park.

It is hoped that the new building will be completed in Q3 2024.

Image source: BioMed Realty

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