Corstorphine + Wright is working with Trinity Investment on a new hub facility at Kent Science Park. It will provide enhanced facilities to support the viability of the science park.
Kent Science Park is a unique business cluster on 22 hectares of land within the Thames Gateway growth area. It houses companies carrying out valuable work in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, ICT, renewable energy technologies and contract research. The lack of amenities on site is seen as a constraint to attracting new companies and to the future extension needs of existing companies.
The new hub facilities will address the constraint of insufficient amenity space. It will be located at the heart of the Kent Science Park on the edge of the central landscaped area known as the Japanese Garden. It will help to create a vibrant working environment and allow park users and visitors the space to interact.
The hub building is a 2-storey structure, simple in form and has been designed to encapsulate the spirit of technology and science in its modern appearance.
The hub facilities will include the café area which has split level dining. The main ground level dining area will be used every day with the upper level being available if demand is very high. A double height glass wall on the lower level will maximise daylight and connect to an external dining terrace.
The building was designed to be used throughout the day so that informal or small meetings can take place. The management suite on the ground floor has its own reception space as well as office and meeting room. The upper level also has the opportunity to support the meeting rooms as a breakout area for lunch or for presentation events. Meeting rooms will allow occupiers who don’t have the facilities in their own units to rent the spaces as needed.
By bringing all of these facilities together, it is intended to make the hub building the heart of daily life at Kent Science Park and increase the feeling of community on the site.