Project Ultraviolet
The scheme would be built on the plot of land to the left of the image

Sci-Tech Daresbury radiates confidence with Ultraviolet plan

Dan Whelan

The developers behind the Halton science and technology campus are pressing ahead with the next phase of the scheme, a 180,000 sq ft office and laboratory cluster, citing high occupier demand. 

Developer Langtree and its partners Halton Council and the Science and Technology Facilities Council have submitted a planning application for the five-building Project Ultraviolet following a successful 2020 for Sci-Tech Daresbury. 

Last year, 28 tenants agreed to take space at the science park, according to the consortium. 

“The strong demand in the market has given us the confidence to proceed with the first steps of the next phase of development within the campus,” said John Downes, chief executive officer of Langtree and chairman of Sci-Tech Daresbury. 

In addition, 2020 also saw work start on the £17.8m Project Violet, a three-building office development that is due for completion at the end of this year. 

Seven Architecture designed both Project Violet and PProject Ultraviolet.

Daresbury Project Violet

Construction of project Violet began last year

Downes said: “Our collaborative and dynamic business community has adapted and flourished over the past year, many of them developing products and services that have proven vitally important during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“Our ambitious plans for Project Ultraviolet reflect our confidence that such companies will become even more important in the years ahead and will play a key role in driving forward the UK’s economic recovery through job creation and attracting international investment.” 

Sci-Tech Daresbury was established in 2006 and was granted Enterprise Zone status in 2012. Businesses already based at the science park include the STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, and IBM.

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