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Contract awarded for Oxford science park expansion

Mace has been awarded the initial contract for two new buildings for Oxford University at Begbroke Science Park.

The two buildings will contain laboratories and office space and have been designed by nbbj architects to perform to high sustainability standards including BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and WELL Gold Enabled.

The development includes a new cycleway link between Begbroke Science Park and Kidlington, as well as a public art piece by the Turner Prize winning practice Assemble.

Mike Coplowe, Senior Development Manager at developer Legal & General said: “We are extremely proud of our partnership with the University of Oxford, and this project marks an exciting milestone in Begbroke Science Park’s journey.

“The first phase of the scheme will bring forward new research facilities, as well as providing space to incubate spin-out companies. Future phases will also seek to develop 2,000 new homes, with a mix of affordable tenures and subsidised key worker accommodation. These new facilities will help retain talent in the city, whilst driving essential inward investment and providing opportunities for world-leading innovation, as well as much needed housing for key workers.”

Professor Patrick Grant, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), from Oxford University, said: “For many years Begbroke has provided a unique environment for the University’s scientists to work alongside colleagues in the private sector. Amongst many innovations, we have created new technologies and products for green and sustainable energy and for precision medicine.”

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