Barely two months after the unveiling of the remarkable Swailes SuperLabs, a second development has been announced.

Robin Swailes Design and Development has revealed its plans for a new SuperLabs scheme in Hollybush Row, designed for second stage firms looking for a base to expand from.

Work on the consented 6,700 sq ft scheme, offering space for up to three laboratories and 82 workers, is due to start in the next 12 months.

Mr Swailes said: “From the interest we have had in the first SuperLab, we know there is a huge demand for buildings like this.

“This one will again be very different from a normal laboratory, combining bespoke facilities with close proximity to the city centre with easy access to the train and bus stations and local shops and restaurants.”

The first SuperLab in Osney Mead, launched in December, includes eye-catching networking space in the style of a London tube station and has an al fresco meeting space on the roof.

The new building, constructed to the latest eco standards, will convert existing premises formerly occupied by artificial intelligence firm Latent Logic which was later taken over by Waymo, Google’s self-driving car company.

Like the first SuperLab, it will offer rare city centre space in Oxford’s West End and will seek to service the huge demand for labs from Oxford University spin outs. Labs within easy reach of the university are particularly in demand.

In addition Mr Swailes has announced a planning application has been lodged to create a third SuperLab in nearby St Thomas’ Street.

He added: “These are fantastic, bespoke buildings for growing businesses looking to create their own identity and grow in a city centre location.”

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