Morgan Sindall set to expand flagship innovation centre in Fareham
Morgan Sindall is set to expand a flagship Innovation Centre in Fareham.
The proposed three-storey building for Fareham Borough Council has been granted planning permission and will provide 3,400 square metres of new floor space, 33 flexible offices and five workshops for start-up businesses with a focus on engineering, aerospace, aviation and marine industries.
Phase one of the existing Fareham Innovation Centre was completed in 2015 and the building lies within the Solent Enterprise Zone. Businesses have occupied the premises, with demand being so high that it needs to expand just two years after opening its doors. It is anticipated that the new development will create 292 new job opportunities and will be completed in spring 2018.
The steel frame extension has been designed to blend seamlessly with the existing Fareham Innovation Centre which is clad with silver tiling. The scheme also encompasses associated external works and landscaping which will include an extended parking provision and is targeting a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) rating of Very Good.
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Seán Woodward, said: “The extension to the successful existing Innovation Centre is great news for Daedalus and the Solent Enterprise Zone. The existing building exceeded all expectations and reached full occupancy within its first year of opening. There are many business that want to use space at the Centre which will enable them to prosper and grow.”
Tim Elliott, special works manager at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to have reached final phase discussions with the council on this flagship scheme which will allow even more start-up businesses in Fareham to benefit from world-class technical facilities where they can prosper and grow.
“The Fareham Innovation Centre as it stands is a remarkable building with a real presence. Its creative and forward-thinking design aligns with the dynamic and innovative nature of the businesses that are based there and that is something we’re keen to enhance with the new extension.”
Morgan Sindall’s team in the South West has also recently been appointed to construct a new residential building for students at Marland School in Great Torrington. The £2.8 million project will be delivered over two phases. Phase one includes the delivery of 28 single student bedrooms, each with their own en-suite facility and phase two will involve the refurbishment of the existing residential facilities, which will be converted into 16 single bedrooms.
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