Bruntwood SciTech’s £21m Base completes
Caddick Construction has handed over the 91,000 sq ft building, the latest phase of the developer’s 1m sq ft Manchester Science Park.
Bruntwood SciTech’s £21m Base Building, designed by Bridge Architects, will be aimed at occupiers in high-growth sectors including low carbon, light manufacturing, computer and energy technology, gaming, and animation.
Urbanchain, a company that allows consumers to buy and trade energy through the use of Blockchain and AI, will move into the building this summer.
“Our long-term vision for Manchester Science Park is one step closer as Base reaches its completion milestone,” said Bradley Topps, commercial director at Bruntwood SciTech.
“Base will play a significant role in supporting the growth of Manchester’s knowledge economy and will become a new specialist hub in the city, building on the region’s internationally recognised tech and manufacturing cluster.”
The creation of Base was supported by a £15.5m loan from the North West Evergreen Fund and an additional £4m from the government’s Get Building Fund.
Base is the first major development at Manchester Science Park to incorporate several sustainability measures, which will enable the building to be net zero carbon in operation, according to Bruntwood SciTech.
Technologies aimed at improving the building’s green credential include a 7,500 sq ft solar panel array.
As part of the project, pedestrian links through the campus to Oxford Road have also been improved.
The project team for Base includes Walker Sime, Buro Happold, DW Consulting Engineers and BDP.