There are a number of new concepts in office space springing up around the country, and one of the most exciting marries the scientific expertise of a company that is known worldwide – Unilever – with the latest in design and amenities on a science park.
Colworth Park combines both history and innovation in the offering to potential clients, providing one of the key attractions of Colworth Science Park. It has been Unilever’s principal R&D centre for more than 55 years, and so there is a deep foundation of scientific experience and expertise on site. The striking new glass and steel buildings housing offices and laboratories that have been developed to accommodate new enterprises and R&D businesses emphasise the importance of innovation and shared learning on site.
The exterior of Colworth Science Park’s ‘The Exchange’
One of the challenges that science and technology businesses face is the recruitment of highly-qualified staff in sufficient numbers, and the attraction of a site like Colworth Science Park is that it offers client companies and their employees such a wide range of amenities. As well as the opportunity for professional learning through the briefing events and seminars that are regularly run on site, there are the Park’s leisure and sporting amenities, which include a golf-course and tennis and squash courts, and a day nursery providing professional childcare for working parents. The location of the science park, in an attractive part of the countryside, equidistant between two of the UK’s top universities, is also a strong draw.
Many start-up businesses and small technology companies need the flexibility to be able to expand their accommodation as they grow, without having the hassle of moving, and The Exchange on the science park offers about as much choice as you could possibly hope for. For the new business there’s the chance to share laboratory space and facilities without the additional investment costs involved in setting up their own initially. The all-inclusive rental terms give complete clarity and don’t demand a specialist facilities manager to cope with them! (In fact there’s an on-site Facilities Manager to provide advice and support to existing and new clients) There’s also the choice of taking an already fully-fitted lab or office space or designing a space to your own requirements.
There are numerous advantages to basing your business on a science park where you can draw upon the expertise that has been built up over the many years that Unilever has occupied the site, not least in the areas of agricultural research, engineering design and prototyping, and sensory science. Businesses can benefit from the laboratory supplies discounts offered by the on-site dedicated account management team, taking advantage of the opportunities to buy in quantity.