Construction to start on Unity Campus lab space
Phase two of the development will see three new wet lab buildings of 32,500, 31,000 and 24,500sq. ft available for occupation
Howard Group has announced the appointment of a sole contractor who is to deliver phase two of Cambridge University’s Unity Campus, a 90,000sq. ft wet laboratory and office space due for completion in 2023.
The news comes as phase one of Unity Campus, which was a new urban innovation district eight miles south of Cambridge, saw the construction of 60,000sq. ft of office and lab accommodation at The Works building in 2020.
It has reportedly provided accommodation for firms including Cuttsy and Cuttsy, Get Busy, Phoremost, Iontas and Summit Therapeutics.
Following its success, phase two of the development will see three new wet lab buildings of 32,500, 31,000 and 24,500sq. ft available for occupation. Offered as a whole or in part, each one will provide a 60/40 lab/office split with provision for four ducted fume hoods and dedicated plant facilities.
In addition, the office space will be delivered to a CAT A specification with toilet and shower facilities on each floor.
William Clarke, director in the business space team at Savills Cambridge, said: “Situated in the heart of Cambridge’s life science cluster, Unity Campus is well placed to provide much needed laboratory space.
“At present, supply remains at virtually zero, so it is fantastic that the construction is moving forward at pace with a clear deadline for delivery. This will provide the first lab accommodation of scale since 2021.”