On 22nd December 4D Studio’s design proposals for the new laboratory facilities at Colworth Science Park received full planning permission and listed building consent. Situated in the centre of the Oxford-Cambridge arc, Colworth Science Park is the place where food, health, nutrition and well-being converge.
The open innovation and collaboration that takes place on site is underpinned by its strong campus culture. Home to Unilever’s global R&D centre, Colworth Science Park is the top location for new and growing food and agri-tech businesses, who will benefit from being in the same community as one of the largest consumer brands in the world.
With close links to Cranfield University and the University of Northampton, plus access to the Midlands Food Alliance, the lab space here is ideal for businesses looking to grow, test new food items, and develop local supply chains.
The new laboratory building will be an exemplary example of sustainable construction and adaptive re-use. The existing structure of the redundant Operations Building will be reused, daylighting will be optimised, and the building will have an enhanced, well-insulated thermal envelope. Proposed façade materials will be efficient and sustainable, whilst sympathetic to the historic setting. The design proposal is based on a modular timber façade with a stone or brick base and standing seam pitched metal roof.
Congratulations must go to our client, Pioneer Group, and to all the Design Team members who contributed to the design proposals.