Harwell Campus has unveiled ambitious plans to expand its office and lab space by more than four million square feet across its 710-acre site in the midst of a “new era of industrial revolution”.
The new Campus Strategy revealed aims for the science site to develop across its 280+ hectares – about the same size as the City of London.
The strategy is divided into three areas: improving the productivity of the UK economy and the skills of its workforce, stimulating high-tech business growth and supporting UK research and innovation.
Among the strategy’s nine ambitions are plans to provide large scale scientific facilities, bespoke accommodation, affordable housing for staff and a wide range of supporting amenities including a hotel, gym and restaurant.
Angus Horner, partner and director of the Harwell Campus Partnership, said: “We are enjoying a new era of industrial revolution, which generates myriad exciting opportunities for the UK to rebalance its economy and redefine itself amongst its international friends as a nation of ‘merchant inventors’.
“The UK’s success in growing the knowledge economy to become a world leader in multiple fields is reliant on locations such as Harwell, which behave like the crossroads and trading hotspots of previous centuries – where people meet to generate and exchange new ideas.”
More than 6,000 people are employed across 250 public, private and academic organisations at Harwell.
Dr Tim Bestwick, executive director of Business and Innovation at the Science and Technologies Facilities Council, said: “Our strategy will firmly place Harwell Campus as a world leading location for research and innovation.
“Building on our long-standing heritage at the forefront of global research, we are creating an environment for businesses and innovation that supports economic growth, with strong multidisciplinary collaboration.”
Last year, Harwell Campus received £264million of investment from the government for the new Farady Institution (£65m), Rosalind Franklin Institute (£100m), and National Satellite Testing Facility (£99m).