Interserve Press Office | Jul 01, 2013
13 June saw the topping out of the first building to be constructed on the 26 hectare Exeter Science Park development. The BREEAM Excellent rated project, built by Interserve, the international support services and construction group, will be completed in October 2013.
Developer Eagle One and sister company Blue Cedar Homes Ltd, will occupy the development's first floor. The new building will set the tone for the rest of phase one of the development of the Science Park, and is therefore a high profile project.
Located next to Junction 29 of the M5 motorway, Exeter Science Park is set to be one of the most significant investments in the South West's rapidly expanding knowledge economy.
The three storey, 1,100m² building was designed by Exeter-based Architect, Lacey Hickie Caley and features rain-screen cladding, metal, glass and red brick, set in landscaped surroundings. The development will provide up to 500m2accommodation for small and medium-sized businesses on the ground floor, with a focus being on attracting science-based users. The lower ground floor of the reinforced concrete framed building will include archiving and storage facilities. The building is being constructed from a reinforced concrete frame with a combination of face brickwork infill walling at lower level and fibre cement rain screen cladding panels at higher level. Roof-located photovoltaic panels will reduce the carbon footprint of the building.
Paul Goodes, Managing Director of Eagle One said:
"This is an exciting and significant investment to meet our future growth needs and reinforce our confidence in the region. The design and strategic location of the building were key to our decision to make this investment. We are looking forward to taking occupation in the Autumn."
Richard Ellis, South West Director for Interserve said:
"We are extremely pleased to have been selected to build the new headquarters for Eagle One. The commencement of this flagship building for our clients clearly demonstrates the positive impact the Exeter Science Park will create."
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