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New £9.9 million Collaborative Innovation Centre begins to take shape

The new £9.9 million Collaborative Innovation Centre being built at Porton Science Park in Salisbury is beginning to take shape.

Published 11 February 2022
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The new £9.9 million Collaborative Innovation Centre being built at Porton Science Park in Salisbury is beginning to take shape.

Using a precision manufacturing approach at McAvoy's state of the art facility in Northern Ireland, 83 pre-fabricated modular units have been built complete with fitted windows and plasterboard walls and ceilings, and the final three modules will be delivered and lifted into position today (10 February 2022) to complete the erection of the two storey 3,600 sqm building. Over the last three weeks, at least six modules have been delivered to site each working day on the back of specially adapted trailers designed for carrying abnormal loads and lifted into position using a very large mobile crane.

Porton Science Park is expanding significantly, and the Collaborative Innovation Centre will provide new office, laboratory and bespoke facilities to companies giving them the opportunity to grow. The council is delivering the building as fitted out space to provide turnkey laboratory, office and meeting space to smaller businesses and visiting researchers, academics and entrepreneurs. The Grow On space is being delivered as a shell, which the council offers to fit out to meet individual tenant's bespoke needs subject to a lease agreement.

The aspiration is for the Collaborative Innovation Centre to be net zero carbon post completion, supporting the council's aim to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Cllr Richard Clewer, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: Following the tremendous success of the first phase which comprised the £10.1 million Beech-Allen Building which was opened in early 2018 and is now fully occupied, we are delighted to see the second phase building coming to life. We already have substantial interest in this building, and we are looking forward to the new tenants moving in when the building opens later this year.

The significant investment from Wiltshire Council and our partners has been critical to the site's expansion which has reaffirmed Porton Science Park as a Life Science Opportunity Zone and a centre of excellence in specialist health, life science and defence and security sectors.

Paddy Bradley, CEO, Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership said of the news: We are delighted to see the development of phase two of Porton Science Park. The £2 million investment from the government's Getting Building Fund we helped secure allows us to specifically target enhancing job opportunities, skills and infrastructure for the area. We know that this project will help attract more investment in our communities and will draw in new high-skilled and well paid jobs to boost our recovery.

McAvoy's Contracts Director, Martin O'Neill, said McAvoy was particularly proud to be associated with such a groundbreaking project.

This is a truly excellent scheme that is well suited to the deployment of our offsite precision manufacturing approach. With most of the structure manufactured in our dedicated state-of-the-art facility, the timeframe to get us to this point has been dramatically reduced. This will ultimately allow us to get the new Innovation Centre open and operational as quickly as possible. Our focus is now with our onsite team who will now carry out final ground works and fit-out in advance of official handover later in the year.

The Collaborative Innovation Centre is scheduled to open later in 2022.

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