The Oxford Science Park (TOSP), has submitted detailed planning applications for three new laboratory and office buildings totalling 400,000 sq ft.

The scheme for buildings on Plots 23 – 26 will provide office and laboratory space for major science and technology companies to make their head offices and is part of ambitious long-term, development plans over the next three years.

Subject to gaining permission, work is due to start in 2023 and be completed at the end of 2024.

TOSP chief executive Rory Maw said: “We have been delighted with the positive response to the public consultation on our expansion plans, which cement TOSP’s position as a leading European science park.

“Submission of these detailed planning applications is an important step towards realising this exciting and urgently needed new development for the Oxford innovation ecosystem.

“With many of our occupiers having grown in size more than fivefold and continuing to expand, plus potential occupiers coming in from Oxford, the rest of the UK and across the world, the buildings on Plots 23-26 will help meet the demand for high quality laboratory and office space.”

The four-storey buildings are expected to have active frontages with cafés and co-working space at ground level and external working and amenity spaces. Podium parking will screen cars from the pedestrian areas.

Ed Hayden, director of scheme architect Scott Brownrigg, said: “It’s a fantastic project and we’re working with a great team, all working to achieve the same results – occupier wellbeing for tenants, healthy lifestyles and carbon reduction. “We hope to minimise the use of steel and cement based materials, whilst the design itself is highly adaptable, can be demountable and designed for future re-use. It really sets the standard for future life science design.”

The project team also includes Bidwells on project management,  Hoare Lea as MEP consultant, Campbell Reith on structural engineering, Savills on planning, Alinea as cost consultant, MK Ecology as ecologists and McFarlane Associates on landscaping.

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