Willmott Dixon has handed over its £16m building at Anglesey science park M-SParc.
The science park is operated by Bangor University. Designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, this first facility at Wales’ first dedicated science park offers offer 31,200 sq ft of lettable space configured as 45 office spaces ranging in size from 156 sq ft to 2,690 sq ft, 23 laboratories and two double-height workshops. Work started in October 2016.
Pryderi ap Rhisiart, project manager for the university, said: “We are very pleased to be receiving this amazing building, on time and within budget. It’s been an incredible journey to get to this point and we’re so proud of the completed Science Park.”
The building secured 37% occupancy before handover, comfortably beating its target of 15%. Willmott Dixon said that providing potential tenants with the ability to view the project using Virtual Reality glasses from a viewing deck had played a significant role in its letting success.
Willmott Dixon said: “M-SParc will leave an economic legacy in the region for years to come by capitalising on the technological and scientific skills of our most talented people. The building will be a catalyst for this development, encompassing offices, labs, workshops and an open working area, the building is built to inspire.”
M-SParc, also billed as Menai Science Park, sits adjacent to junction 7 of the A55. Neil Rowlands, chairman of Anglesey Enterprise Zone’s advisory board, has described it as “a fantastic example of government and academia working with the private sector to create a world-class facility.”
Approval for 245,000 sq ft of development at the park was granted in May 2015.
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