Life science business Evotec has announced plans to expand into sustainable premises.

The Milton Park-based firm is fitting out 95 Park Drive and is due to move in later this year.

It will have new state-of-the-art biology labs as well as conference centre, collaborative workspaces and meeting rooms and a 100-seat restaurant for employees. The firm is creating 125 new jobs.

The site, which will be known as the Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Campus in commemoration of the British Nobel Prize winning chemist, has several sustainable features.

They include air source heat pumps, a demand-based laboratory ventilation system and low energy lighting and appliances. Evotec expects the plans will reduce emissions by approximately 800 metric tonnes of CO2 per year.

Dr Christophe Muller, global Head of business development for Evotec, said: “Our Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Campus at Milton Park is one of Evotec’s most important and fast-growing fully integrated research and development centres.

“We’ve expanded our facility presence at the park by over 40 per cent in the last three years and have in excess of 700 employees across all major scientific disciplines required to research and develop drugs.

“We’re keen to ensure that sustainability is front and centre of what we do and have therefore invested in state-of-the-art heating and air flow technologies into our new developments at Milton Park. This will reduce our CO2 emissions in line with our internal targets as well as making our site a great and inspirational place to work.”

Philip Campbell, commercial director at Milton Park, said: “It’s great to see such a prominent building at Milton Park become a flagship hub for Evotec to showcase their innovative work. It’s also testament to the strong demand from the global health and life science sectors looking to be based in Oxfordshire with the creation of 125 new jobs.

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