Work begins on first building at new Exeter science park
Works have officially been launched with a turf cutting ceremony on the site of the first building to be constructed on the Exeter Science Park.
It will provide a base for Eagle One, the developer behind the science park's first phase, and its sister company, Blue Cedar Homes.
The three-storey building, which will be built to BREEAM Excellent environmental ratings is being constructed by Interserve and has been designed by Exeter and Plymouth based architects LHC (Lacey Hickie Caley).
Due for completion in October, it will also provide accommodation for other businesses on its ground floor, with a key focus being on science based users.
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Eagle One managing director Paul Goodes said: "This is an exciting and significant investment to meet our future growth needs and reinforce our confidence in the region."
Richard Ellis, South West director for Interserve, said: "Cutting the first turf today not only signifies the commencement of this flagship building for our clients but also clearly demonstrates the positive impact the Exeter Science Park will create."
Plan for what will become the science park's £7 million flagship building have also been approved by East Devon District Council planners.
Devon County Council, which submitted the plans, has said this will provide a range of accommodation for high growth, science-based organisations. Facilities will include offices, workshops and laboratories, as well as seminar rooms and a café.