Anglesey science park M-SParc is on course to open its doors in early 2018, its developer has reported.
The build on the first £20m project within the scheme is progressing within time and budget, Bangor University subsidiary M-SParc said.
When complete, the facility, designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, will 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.
Ieuan Wyn Jones, director of M-SParc, said: “M-SParc’s vision is to drive knowledge-based science linked to research expertise. This will be achieved by stimulating an entrepreneurial culture linking innovation in key sectors such as low carbon energy, the environment and ICT.
“We hope to develop an area of innovation in North West Wales with the science park being a catalyst for innovative ideas in the region.”
M-SParc, also billed as Menai Science Park, sits adjacent to junction 7 of the A55. Jones added: “We’re in discussions with several companies from around the globe who are interested in locating on the science park.
“The key drivers for their interest stem from other investments that are planned for Anglesey at the moment but the area, the lifestyle, the food, history, culture and everything else that comes with living and working in this part of the world forms a big part of the draw as well.”
Neil Rowlands, chairman of Anglesey Enterprise Zone’s advisory board, said: “M-SParc is 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. Willmott Dixon is contractor on the scheme.