Exeter Science Park expansion approved

PUBLISHED: 16:31 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 16:31 08 September 2016

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District bosses have given the go-ahead to plans for expansion at Exeter Science Park.

Two new buildings, and a new car park for visitors, will be the latest developments on the park following construction of the Science Park Centre, Eagle House and the new Met Office High Performance Computer complex.

East Devon District Council granted approval this week.

Council leader Paul Diviani, said: “Premium office space in this key location in East Devon is very much needed and our decision to approve the buildings is innovation in action.

“Whilst there has been a lot of emphasis on the various powerhouses up north, we have been working in a broad partnership in the Greater Exeter area to further our ambitions for an innovation agenda and the concomitant improvement in productivity which is so badly needed in the South West and the country as a whole.”

“With direct access to the M5 and Exeter International Airport, our area’s huge potential for growth, is attracting a wealth of new businesses, and with new homes nearby at Cranbrook , it provides a desirable place for people to work and live.”

Work is scheduled to start on the two buildings in early 2017, including a 17,000 sq ft building, half of which will be home to a leading veterinary clinical pathology firm.

The other 8,500 sq ft plus a separate 10,000 sq ft building will be available for occupation during 2018, providing what EDDC describes as the first speculative office space in Exeter since 2008.

The Science Park is being developed by Exeter Science Park Ltd, whose shareholders are Devon County Council, the University of Exeter, Exeter City Council and East Devon District Council.

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