Unity Campus is an exciting new 260,000 sq ft urban innovation district in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside.
Located 8 miles south of Cambridge, the 11.5 acre Campus which is already home to 12 leading life science and technology companies, is undergoing a major expansion. Three new laboratory buildings are due for completion by the end of 2023 and a further three buildings by the end of 2025 providing an additional 150,000 sq ft of floorspace. Other out-dated industrial units have been sustainably repurposed into state-of-the-art offices and laboratories adjacent to a well-equipped fitness centre.
We first acquired Sawston Trade Park in 2011 and subsequently purchased Iconix Park in 2013 and Langford Arch in late 2017. The purchase of Iconix Park included additional development land between the two estates and along the A1301 Sawston bypass. Further to a holistic master planning exercise, Unity Campus was created to encompass all of our Sawston assets. Unity Campus will bring together the office and laboratories of Iconix Park with new, high-quality business and R&D accommodation on the adjacent land.
The masterplan for the compact site has been purposefully designed to foster business interactions and friendships. Building on the industrial legacy of the nearby villages of Sawston and Pampisford, the bold urban aesthetic of the buildings is being off-set by a network of connected green spaces and water meadows as well as a landscaped courtyard with a multi-purpose clubhouse. Community, societal impact and sustainability underpin every aspect of the operation and development of the Campus.
By merging the traditional and modern, urban and rural, business and social, Unity Campus offers an entirely different working environment to all other science and research parks in the Cambridge area creating a wider choice of location for technology and life science companies seeking laboratories or offices.
Fred Murphy, Asset Manager, walks us through our recently completed landlord wet lab fit out at Unity Campus - demonstrating our ability to deliver high specification laboratory spaces as part of Phase 2.
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Unity Campus is strategically located at the centre of the life sciences cluster on the city’s southern fringe with easy access by road, rail, cycle and bus.
• 400 biomedical companies.
• 50 business support organisations.
• 2 universities.
• 4 research institutes*.
• 3 NHS Foundation Trusts.
The Works building was the first building within the new Unity Campus vision to be completed and the 63,000 sq ft flexible, modern work and laboratory space at the heart of the campus is now let to innovative life science and tech occupiers. Designed by world-leading architects NBBJ, The Works has collaboration and connection at its core and draws on the industrial heritage of the two-storey warehouse which formally stood on the site. Housed within the pre-cast concrete frame of the original building, The Works provides modern office, tech and R&D accommodation, across a range of flexible one or two storey layout options, in a truly inspiring and engaging environment. In addition, high-quality internal circulation, breakout and amenity space within the glazed, double height central ‘Street’, which runs directly through the building, provides space flooded with natural light to meet, share ideas and relax with like-minded people and businesses.
Externally, secure car parking is available in a dedicated multi-storey car park and 200 cycle parking spaces are conveniently located directly outside the building. A new access road from the A1301 and upgraded footpaths and cycleways link Unity Campus with Sawston village, Whittlesford Parkway railway station (in under a mile) and central Cambridge. Attractive high-quality landscaping envelopes The Works frontage, providing additional space to enjoy during the summer months.
The new phase of development includes three new laboratory-enabled buildings – A1 (32,603 sq ft), A2 (24,467 sq ft) and B (31,000) sq ft - which are due for completion by the end of 2023.
Each building will enjoy a unique external look achieved via a mixed palette of external façade materials. The overall aesthetic is consistent with the modern industrial vibe of The Works. The buildings will be fully fitted to a high standard including entrance lobbies, goods lifts, separate passenger lifts, wc facilities and showers on each floor. Features include pre-installed air handling (6 air changes per hour minimum), HVAC systems, in-column drainage, lighting and raised access floors. Externally, consideration has been given to delivery vehicles, gas bottle storage, clinical waste stores and generator access points.
The extension to the Campus will also include:
• Additional EV charging points across Campus.
• Cycle Racks located close to each building.
• Connected garden spaces to provide space for members to relax, exercise and hold outdoor meetings.
Hear directly from those involved in Phase 2 of Unity Campus, as they share why the Campus is so much more than a science real estate project.
"What I hope, over the long term, is this will be a place where great science is done, we attract great businesses doing amazing things that are changing people's lives," ~ Nicholas Bewes, CEO, Howard Group.
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Outline planning consent has been achieved for an additional 60,000 sq ft of laboratory / office space at the centre of Unity Campus. The development, by 2025, will include a central courtyard and clubhouse facilities, to further bring the community together and foster close collaboration and sharing of ideas in an exemplar open innovation environment.
From old to new
We're transforming a tired industrial estate into a world-class urban innovation campus, which builds on the legacy of the traditional industries of the neighbouring villages – Pampisford & Sawston.
We're repurposing industrial units into state of the art laboratories and offices, and developing new buildings with an edgy, industrial aesthetic that reflect & celebrate the past.
Located 8 miles from Cambridge, Unity Campus is at the centre of the life sciences cluster on the city's southern fringe, yet entirely different to the conventional city-based or out-of-town science parks in the Cambridge area.
Our masterplan for Unity Campus is based on a compact, collegiate-style campus purposefully designed to foster business interactions and friendships. It is the result of a holistic master planning exercise encompassing all our Sawston assets.
The masterplan at Unity Campus has been designed with flexibility at its heart and opportunities exist for larger occupiers to combine buildings to create their own campus environment. Single buildings up to c.65,000 sq ft (6,040 sq m) can be delivered within the existing masterplan but larger requirements of up to 200,000 sq ft (18,580 sq m) will also be considered, either on a multi-unit or single building basis.
New vehicular access from the A1301 Sawston bypass and a large, decked carpark caters for those needing to travel by car and there is additional access via London Road for smaller vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do.
In the development of The Works, the existing concrete frame and floor slab equating to 50% of the original materials and structure were retained. This saved approximately 1,900 tonnes of embodied carbon emissions whilst achieving a contemporary industrial feel to the workspace.
Sustainability is a key consideration both during construction (embodied carbon) and future use of the new buildings (operational carbon).
Unity Campus is one of the best-connected technology & innovation parks in the region, with access to excellent air, rail, road and cycling infrastructure. It sits in a prime location close to public transport links (Whittlesford Parkway station is under a mile away), community activities and amenities in nearby Sawston, cycle networks into central Cambridge and some of the region’s most affordable housing and Stansted Airport is located less than half an hour away by road. This combination of accessibility from a travel and amenity perspective is something that sets it apart from other ‘out of town’ science park locations in the cluster. The regeneration of this area of south Cambridgeshire, which is already attracting a young, dynamic business community, will in turn bring economic benefits to the surrounding areas.
A short walk to Whittlesford Parkway Station:
A short bus ride via local bus services:
Cycle paths all the way to Central Cambridge:
Immediate access onto A505 and just 1 mile from junction 10 of the M11:
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